Airport Runway Extension Plan Canceled

BADUNG ~ Badung Regent AA Gde Agung has shelved plans for an extension of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which had been proposed to deal with rising passenger numbers and larger aircraft, the regent said this week.

Any new decisions on such a project would not be discussed until at least 2025, the regent told a press conference on Monday.

The proposal to lengthen the airport’s sole runway beyond the current 3,000 meters, to 3,600 meters, had been controversial because neighboring protected mangrove swamps would have to be destroyed to make way for it.

The regent said the government had only approved a renovation plan concerning ground facilities at the airport, such as the domestic terminal and surrounding facilities.

He said, however, that while not extending the runway might affect Bali’s economic growth, it was good for the environment.

The focus on the airport at the moment was refurbishing buildings and adding more Balinese style to them, he added.

PT Angkasa Pura Central director Bambang Darwoto said the company would respect the decisions of the regent.

Meanwhile, as reported by The Bali Times last month, Jembrana Regency has formulated plans for its own international airport, arguing that its location is more suitable for such a key facility.

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