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Bali Governor Says Bali Airport Unable to Accommodate Many Requests for Additional Direct Flights
Radar Bali reports that Governor Made Mangku Pastika claims that 50 regions from around the world have stated a desire to operate direct flight services to Bali, but are unable to do so do to the limited handling capacity of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

“The capacity of Ngurah Rai International Airport is limited, that is why we are expanding the apron to allow more aircraft parking,” said the Governor on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

“Every time I meet with a foreign ambassador, all ask me for direct flights. But all our flight slots are filled,” lamented Pastika. Citing an example, the Governor said almost all Chinese Airlines are seeking permission for more direct flights to Bali.

The Mainland Chinese are currently the largest source of foreign tourists visiting Bali. The Gobernor said there is also keen interest in direct flights to Bali from India, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

The Governor said the limited flight slots and inadequate runway and apron facilities could sometimes results in airplanes having to circle Bali’s airspace for up to 30 minutes before getting final permission to land.

The Governor said Bali’s strong appeal for tourism is linked to its selection for 9 consecutive years as one of the world’s best tourism destinations. Pastika also boasted that Bali has 50,000 five star rooms (sic) and villas. Adding: “Every day there are 17,000 foreigners who travel through Bali’s airport and this does not include domestic passenger. So our opportunities (for tourism) are very large.”

In conclusion, the Governor said the way to address capacity problems at Ngurah Rai Airport is no only by adding apron areas and a new runway, but must also include the construction of a second airport in North Bali.

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