Bali Mulls Northern Airport
DENPASAR ~ Bali’s government has met to discuss the possibility of building an international airport in northern Bali, the governor said this week.
Governor of Bali I Made Mangku Pastika said he would like a feasibility study to be carried out to see how a second airport would assist in growing tourist numbers.
Pastika, who is from Buleleng, said that although Bali is a small island, it is divided in two, as north and south Bali are so different.
He said that in order to balance the two areas, an international airport must be built, but the project would depend on support from citizens of Buleleng.
Meanwhile, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will be expanded under a project to be started in April this year.
“The expansion project will have to be started not later than April 2009 and the next three months should be used to prepare the tender,” he said.
“The project should be completed within two years’ time,” Kalla said at the weekend.
“The budget provided for the construction of international terminal may reach Rp1.2 trillion (US$111.6 million),” he said.
The meeting, which took place at the airport was attended by Transportation Minister Jusman Syafil Djamal and Governor Pastika.Filed under: Headlines