Bali to Accelerate Preparations for New Airport Development

The regional government of the tourist resort province of Bali will accelerate preparations in 2015 for the development of a new airport in Buleleng Regency, an official said.

“We will accelerate preparations in all stages because the project has been included in the National Mid-Term Development Plan,” Ketut Artika, the head of Bali’s Transportation Service, said on Sunday.

He said that next year the project was expected to have entered a number of preparation phases, including its feasibility study and location.

“Although officially, no location has been decided, yet considerations tend to point to the eastern part of Buleleng,” Ketut said.

Other stages of the new airport project included master plan, environmental impact analysis and other studies.

Further they will discuss related its funding whether the airport will be managed by the private sector, government or public-private partnership.

Besides devising a plan for the construction of the airport in Buleleng, the government has also designed a number of supporting studies, such as road infrastructure which will directly heading to the eastern region of Buleleng.

The plan to develop the airport – which is expected to accommodate passengers following the overcapacity of Ngurah Rai Airport, was initiated in 2010.

Ketut said his office had calculated that the number of passengers that could be accommodated by the international Ngurah Rai Airport would reach 14 million in 2015.

Currently, the number of passengers increased by 14 percent per annum and in 2025 the number of passengers is expected to soar to 25 million people.

“Ngurah Rai is potential but it is impossible to construct another runway to match the surge of air traffic capacity, “he said.



Bali Airport Adds Counters and Immigration Staff

Regional Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Bali add immigration staffs and immigration counters at Ngurah Rai Airport after a number of complaints from foreign tourists about long lines when they arrive at the international arrivals.

“The staffs will be added again. They start to work in December 2014,” said the Head Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Bali Province, Kompiang Adnyana found in the Special Immigration Office Class I Ngurah Rai Kuta, Badung regency, on Thursday.

According to him, the staffs were brought in from Jakarta, so from 16 staffs its turning out to be 28 staffs

He realized that in December is the season of year-end holiday marred by the hectic international tourist arrivals to Bali.

Besides the addition of immigration personnel, they also add the counter of “visa on arrival” in the international arrivals terminal.

“We added three counters and one is still in the process for a total of 14 counters,” he said.

Previously, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika suggested all counters of immigration office that are available in the International Arrivals Terminal Ngurah Rai Airport to be opened especially during peak hours to avoid long lines.

In a meeting with Chairman of Regional Office of Law and Human Rights Bali, in Denpasar on Wednesday, the governor said there has been a complaint from tourists because of many counters which are not operated while tourists crammed into only a few counters and as if it is done in purpose.

To dispel the impression, Bali governor suggested adding employees so at rush hour all the counters can be operated and long lines can be reduced.

Pastika regretted about the condition because most of foreign tourists have taken long journey, but they do not get maximum service when they arrive in Bali.

Kompiang further explained that the long lines occur at the international arrivals peak hours starting 12:00 to 18:00 pm there are about 17-20 flights with passenger amounting 3,000 to 6,000 passengers.until the evening.

“It concerns the flight slots which is difficult to be anticipated technically,” he added.


Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Bali


Landing on Denpasar Airport, Bali, Indonesia