Melbourne’s Avalon airport will be connected to Indonesia for the first time, when Citilink launches a Denpasar service this month.

From 24 January, the low-cost arm of Garuda Indonesia will carry 178 passenger and cargo on a daily service operated with Airbus A320neos, says Avalon airport.

Cirium data shows that Citilink’s A320neos are configured with 180 seats, and the route brings about 1,250 seats per week to the market.

“Citilink has become the first airline serving Denpasar and Avalon Airport route and we hope this will provide more options for people who want to visit Denpasar and vice versa,” says Citilink’s chief executive Juliandra Nurtjahjo.

Avalon Airport is the second busiest of four airports serving Melbourne and is located 50km southwest of the Victoria state capital.

Cirium schedules data shows that Citilink will be the third airline operating at Avalon. AirAsia X operates A330-300s to Kuala Lumpur and Jetstar, A320 family aircraft on domestic routes.