Local opposition to the acquisition of an additional 400 hectares of land to accommodate an expansion of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport have put on indefinite hold any plans to add a second aircraft runway.
Mr. I.G.M. Dhordy, the Bali chief of P.T. Angkasa Pura, the operators of the Bali airport, has announced that any plans to double the current handling capacity of the airport are permanently on the shelf. Local residents have been steadfast in rejecting the reclamation of the 400 hectares of mangrove forest necessary for the expansion of the passenger handling terminals and administrative offices at the airport.
Because of the lack of land, P.T. Angkasa Pura airport enhancement plans have been scaled back to include only an enlargement of the current domestic terminal and the relocation of airport offices. The total cost of the project is between Rp. 5 and 6 billion (approximately US$ 526,000 – 630,000) and is expected to commence in 2004.
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