Seputarbali.com reports that Governor Made Mangku Pastika has declared, following many reports and much debate on where Bali will build an airport in the north of the island, has decided that the Island’s second international airport will be located in the western part of the regency of Buleleng.
On July 9, 2013, Pastika declared: “We have decided that the location will be in the western part of Buleleng.”
The Governor said that he hoped there would be no speculative land transactions in the area designated for the new airport. “We want the status quo; no purchases and selling of land there. Let it be easier for the government to free up the land,” said Pastika.
Saying the decision on the location of the airport was made after much careful consideration, Pastika ticked off the reasons in support of the selected location saying the land for the airport was relatively unproductive for agriculture, the area is accessible from both Bali and East Java, and a nearby port will make it easier for the shipment of fuel needed for the planes that will land at the airport.
Pastika said he is optimistic that the proposed new airport will be in operation by 2018, saying the government will build the gateway without the assistance of outside investors.
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