Ngurah Rai Airport is set to undergo a major set of renovations and improvements to its services and facilities, in response to growing passenger numbers.
To ease congestion and accommodate the growing number of travellers who pass through Bali’s airport, additional parking spaces will be added. In addition, a brand-new multi-level parking facility will be built to further expand the airport capacity. Improvement to the Internet provision available to passengers is also underway.
General Manager of the Airport Authority, Yanus Suprayogi, confirmed the airport has also begun a program of resurfacing for 80 percent of its existing runway. The 3km long, 45-metre wide stretch is currently being resurfaced during the early morning when no arrivals or departures are scheduled. He confirmed plans for additional apron space for aircraft parking, scheduled to be built within the next five years.
Ngurah Rai Airport currently operates an average of 25 flights per hour, with almost 20 million passenger arrivals in 2016. That number is expected to grow by around 5 percent in 2017, in line with the Indonesian government targets for growth in the tourism sector. With that in mind, these renovations to Bali’s only airport airport are both a timely and necessary action.