37 Million Air Passengers in Bali’s Future?
Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Has Busy 2018 with 21.7 Million Passengers and Preparing Improvements to Handle 37 Million Passengers
During 2018, Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport experienced an increase in the number of passengers and flights served. As reported by Balipost.com, through the end of November a total of 21.7 million domestic and international air passengers travelling on 148,000 flights passed through Bali’s air gateway.
Compared to the same 11-month period one year before, passengers’ numbers increased 10.6% while flight increased 10.8% in 2018.
Foreign tourist arrivals for all of 2018 are projected to fall short of a targeted 6.5 million, Bali foreign arrivals will end the year at around 6.2 million once the final count is dome. Domestic travel has apparently buoyed passenger numbers and flight totals at Bali’s airport.
The CEO of Angkasa Pura I (API), Faik Fahmi, commented that with 21 million passengers now using Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, API will now undertake steps to increase the Airport’s annual carryinh capacity to 37 million. Among the capacity-adding measure underway include reclamation of 107 hectares of land from the surrounding sea to accommodate a lengthening of the sole runway from 3,000 meters to 3,400 meters.
In addition to lengthening the runway, API will also enlarge apron areas.
At the present time and for a number of reasons, there is no plan to create a second runway.
Fahmi confirmed that API has a long list of airlines waiting for flight slots at Bali’s Airport.