Bali’s Airport Operating at Near Maximum Capacity
5 New International Flight Routes to Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Introduced in 2019.
As reported by Kompas.com and Tribune Bali Travel, the general manager of the Bali Airport Authority – PT Angkasa Pura I, Herry A.Y. Sikado, said that during 2019 five airlines commenced opened new routes to Bali.
These new flights helped Bali serve a record number of 24 million passengers in 2019.
The five new airline services that commenced service to Bali in 2019 are Vietjet Air flying between Ho Chi Minh City and Bali; Vietnam Airline also flying between Ho Chi Minh City and Bali; Turkish Airlines flying from Istanbul; Malindo connecting Bali to Sydney; and Citilink Airline flying to Perth.
Herry Sikado said the new air routes demonstrate Bali’s international appeal as a tourism destination remains very strong.
Over the past five years, the number of passengers flying through Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has demonstrated annual growth. The highest rate of growth occurred in 2016 when 2.87 million passengers used Bali’s airport growing 16.8% from the previous year.
Over the past five years, growth in passenger totals averaged 9% annually.
The upgraded and remodeled Bali airport was designed to handle a maximum of 24 million tourists annually. That maximum level achieved in 2019.
In order to accommodate growth in the future, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport is reviewing development plans that would allow the airport to serve 37.6 million tourists by 2026.
In the meantime, changes in the Airport’s infrastructure have been introduced to increase runway, apron, and parking capacity. These include “rapid exit taxiways” designed to maximize the number of planes that can land and take off in any single hour using the Airport’s single runway.
Currently, the Airport can hander 32 flight movements per hour.