Ngurah Rai Airport to Expand Terminals

KUTA ~ Ngurah Rai International Airport is scheduled to start expanding its terminals in 2008, starting with the domestic terminal, an official said on Wednesday.

Airport spokesman Akhmad Munir told The Bali Times that the airport would add 39,200 square meters to the existing domestic terminal.

“The new terminal will be able to hold 10,000 passengers at any one time,” he said.

Munir said Rp2.3 billion (US$251,811) had been budgeted by PT Angkasa Pura, the operating company of the airport, to finance the development.

“This is a long-term project that will take approximately three years to complete,” said Munir, adding that an expansion of the international terminal would follow afterwards.

Meanwhile, talks are now being held in Jakarta to evaluate plans to extend the runway at the airport.

Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Sugiharto told reporters on Monday that several stages of renovation were necessary at Ngurah Rai Airport in order to accommodate rising levels of tourists.

Currently the airport deals with some 6,000 people per day.

“The first stage is to prepare a proper terminal for the large number of tourists. The next step is to extend the runway to be able to land bigger airplanes,” he said.

“We are now reviewing the possible investors.”

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