Landing North by Northeast
Governor Koster Says Kubutambahan Airport Project in North Bali will Go Ahead
Only a few days into his term of office, Bali’s newly inaugurated Governor, Wayan Koster, has issued a promise to bring to realization plans to create a second international airport in the Village of Kubutambahan in northeast Bali.
As quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Governor Koster said after his inauguration at the Provincial House of Representatives on Saturday, September 8, 2018: “In connection with plans to build a new airport in Bali, I have (already) met three times with the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, on August 10th and August 27th, and again on September 4, 2018. We have a shared perception on the importance of building a new airport in Kubutambahan Village in the Regency of Bulelelng.”
Governor Koster explained that the improvements at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport including work on the runway, parking area, apron, and terminal will only be sufficient to handle the increase in aircraft and passengers for the coming five years.
Koster said initially there were plans to expand Ngurah Rai Airport through adding a runways and reclaiming land at a cost of Rp. 25 trillion. This plan, he said, requires advanced technology and is full of risk.
It was therefore decided that a new airport be built at Kubutambahan at a much lower cost than trying to expand Ngurah Rai Airport.
Koster said he hoped the location permit (izin lokasi) that will allow the North Bali Airport project to go ahead should be issued during the month of September 2018.