Australia's Strategic to launch Bali and Phuket services

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Australian carrier Strategic Airlines plans to launch three new services linking Australia with the Southeast Asian tourist islands of Phuket and Bali.

From 22 February, Strategic will launch flights between Melbourne and Phuket, followed by a Brisbane-Phuket service on 24 February. On 19 March, the airline will start non-stop flights between Bali and Brisbane.

It will deploy Airbus A330-200 aircraft and operate twice weekly on the routes.

The airline also announced that it will end its Port Hedland-Bali flights from 22 March due to Port Hedland's infrastructural restraints, forcing the airline to a seat limit capacity of 100 seats per flight.

"Unfortunately after a six month review we understand this is not possible at this point in time, therefore regrettably it is no longer commercially viable to continue to dedicate the aircraft to this route," says the airline's head of commercial Damien Vasta.