Heightening Ngurah Rai Airport Security

Jakarta – The security at the Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in the Indonesian island resort of Bali will continue to be at a high level, although the 2016 Lebaran holiday season has ended.

Even after the Lebaran transport period is over, the Ministry of Transportation asked the Nguran Rai Airport management and the relevant agencies to continue to maintain security at the airport.

After reviewing the closure of the Lebaran integrated monitoring command post at Ngurah Rai Airport, Transportation Ministry Secretary General Sugihardjo noted that security at the airport should not slacken.

Reflecting on the terrorist attacks at the airport in Brussels and in Paris, and the latest one at Surakarta Police Headquarters in Central Java, Sugiharjo noted that the Ngurah Rai Airport security should continue to remain tight.

He said he appreciated the way relevant agencies had coordinated to maintain security during Lebaran at the airport, involving police and military personnel.

Airport security team commander Colonel Danet Hendriyanto said it was done to preempt any possible terrorist act during the holiday season.

As many as 1,488 joint security personnel from the police and military were deployed around the airport for the safety of Lebaran holiday travelers, locally known as “pemudik.”
Hendriyanto pointed out that the move was aimed at offering better comfort to passengers arriving in Bali and leaving the paradise island to celebrate Lebaran in their respective native villages.

PT Angkasa Pura-I General Manager Trikora Harjo noted recently that the Ngurah Rai Airport had also installed a thermal scanner to check travelers coming to the country for Zika virus.

The body temperature detection instrument was installed at Ngurah Rai airport’s international arrival terminal.

The airport management company, PT Angkasa Pura-I, has cooperated with the Port Health Office that has set up the thermal scanner in anticipation of the influx of foreign passengers, who might be carriers of the Zika virus, according to Harjo.

Following a number of terror strikes around the globe, including the recent attacks in Istanbul and Solo, Central Java, Bali has maintained its “yellow level” airport security status.

General Manager of Angkasa Pura I, Trikora Harjo, remarked that when the airport is at “yellow” alert, there are thousands of security personnel on full alert.

In addition to the bomb removal and explosive ordinance disposal teams, the Air Force and the Army are on standby.

The standby is in accordance with the instructions of Transport Minister Ignatius Jonan following a bomb attack at Brussels airport in Belgium some time ago.

Although Lebaran security arrangements have come to a close, Ngurah Rai Air Force Base Commander Colonel Aviator Danet Hendriyanto proposed adding metal detectors and liquid explosives at Ngurah Rai Airport as a safety measure.

Ngurah Rai International Airport, the third busiest airport in Indonesia after Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Juanda International Airport, is the main airport in Bali, located 13 km south of Denpasar.

The airport is classified as category IX and is capable of serving aircraft up to the size of Boeing 747-400.

In 2014, Ngurah Rai International Airport became the world’s 7th best and the best in Indonesia in Airport Service Quality as rated by the Airport Council International among 79 airports with passengers capacity between 5-15 million a year, and rose again to the number 3 position in the first quarter of 2015.

Ngurah Rai International Airport is one of Indonesia’s main tourist gateways.

It is served by the national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, on its international and domestic routes as well as by 12 international airlines on scheduled daily services and charter operators during the tourist holiday seasons.

Located 2.5 km from Kuta Beach Resort, Ngurah Rai is Indonesia’s third-busiest international airport with four domestic air bridge/gates and 14 international air bridges/gates.

Aircraft that are not positioned at the terminal will be accommodated on the apron with 53 aircraft bays.

Passengers are ferried to and from the aircraft through an air-bridge or bus.

The airport is currently undergoing extensive expansion in regard to the passenger arrival and departure facilities.

The international terminal facilities will be increased to 120 thousand square meters whilst the domestic terminal will be expanded to 65,800 square meters.

The new terminals will be able to support up to 17 million passengers per annum by 2020.

With about 12 to 15 percent passenger growth annually, the airport will have a capacity to handle 20 million passengers per annum in 2017.

Lengthening the existing runway is not possible due to the densely populated areas adjacent to the airport and also due to environmental concerns regarding land reclamation.

A site for a new, larger airport with two runways has been identified in the northern part of Bali in the east part of Buleleng district. (ANT)

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