Bali Airport Off to Strong Start in 2023

The Class I Immigration Office at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport reports that Australian nationals represented the largest number of foreigners entering Bal in January 2023. For January, 99,075 Australians were processed through the immigration desks at Bali’s airport. Australians were followed by Russians (22,703) and Indians (22,116). 

Arial View of Bali Airport

Handy Heryudhitiawan, general manager of Bali’s Airport, told Beritabali.com that domestic traffic at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport continued to grow as the 2023 New Year dawned. In January, 757,863 passengers arrived and departed from Bali, representing an increase of 27% compared to passengers handled in January 2022.

Most domestic arrivals in Bali emanate from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, from which 328,939 passengers flew to Bali. Meanwhile, Surabaya’s Juanda Airport had 85,433 passenger departures for Bali, and Ujung Pandang embarked 42,717 passengers for the Island.

Handy is optimistic that passenger traffic will grow in 2023 at higher levels than in 2022. His optimism is buoyed by the steadily increasing number of international flights and plans by Emirates Airline to operate a Jumbo Airbus A380 aircraft beginning in June.

Most basically, Handy says Indonesia’s proven ability to control the COVID-19 outbreak and the return of international flights are the most likely factors to contribute to growing arrivals numbers for the remainder of 2023.

Bali’s Airport handles a daily average of 45,811 international and domestic passengers.

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