The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation is predicting that by 2017 Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport carrying capacity will become critical, exceeding the airport’s ability to handle passenger loads.
Beritabali.com says that by 2017 the through-flow of both domestic and international passengers using Bali’s airport will reach 25 million.
Government planners say that by that year Bali’s airport will be at an impasse in terms of tourist numbers; unable to accommodate more passengers and incapable of further expansion beyond that already underway.
The Director General of Air Communication Hery Bakti outlined this problem following a dialog on tourism held in Bali on May 1, 2012. Bakti said the current flow-through of tourist at Bali’s airport has reached 12 million passengers.
He went on to explain that with an average growth in passengers of 20% that within four years Ngurah Rai Airport will have reached its limits of further growth.
Bakti stressed that now is the time for the development of a North Bali Airport to address the coming under capacity of Bali’s only international airport.
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