Bursting Bali Arrivals Up 6.5% in September

TUBAN

Bali hosted nearly half of all foreign visitors to Indonesia in September, with arrivals at Ngurah Rai International Airport totalling 243,222, up 6.54 percent on September 2009.

Figures from the Central Statistics Bureau released this week also show Indonesia’s total arrivals in September were 560,367, a-13.48 percent rise on September last year.

Bali’s attraction as a holiday destination and entry point (43 percent of all Indonesia’s arrivals in September, more than 8,000 passengers a day) underlines warnings that the airport would run out of capacity in 2015 if not for airport operator Pura Angkasa I’s redevelopment of the terminals and provision of extra car parking space.

The provincial government said this week that last year 9.6 million passengers used the airport, which has a present capacity of only 9.5 million.

Spokesman Made Santha said increasing numbers of passengers not only impacted on terminal handling capacity but also on car parking and other services.

The redevelopment due to start this month — in which the domestic and international terminals will switch positions — is aimed at eventually accommodating 20-25 million passengers a year. The currently planned phase of the redevelopment is scheduled for completion in March 2013.

Santha also said preliminary studies are under way into construction of a second international airport in Buleleng, North Bali, under a provincial plan to create equitable development in Bali.

The north has long complained that the focus on the south has denied it economic progress.

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