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Bali Airport Says 'No' to Low-Cost Terminals

Low-Cost Carrier Terminal NOT on the Cards for Bali, But Expansion of Domestic Terminal Set To Begin in 2005.

(2/14/2005) Bali's local Airport Authority management has confirmed that the Ngurah Rai International Airport will not follow the example of other domestic and international airports in the region by establishing special terminals for low-cost carrier operations.

As reported in the Indonesian language Bali Post, the Chief of Bali's Airport Authority Perusahaan Umum Angkasa Pura I (PAP I), Adi Ngadiri, declared that all airlines, whether low-cost or not, will be required to follow the international airline standards estbalished for operations to and from the Bali airport.

"You might say that Ngurah Rai Airport is like a 5-star hotel," said a smiling Ngadiri, explaining that there were no special lower-cost facilities for budget air carriers. "The low-cost carrier companies are treated exactly the same as all other flights, both in terms of services and tariffs. They understand that they must follow our rules and regulations to operate in Bali."

Bali's International Airport already serves a number of low-cost regional and domestic airlines - including AirAsia, Lion Air and Awair.

Domestic Terminal To Be Improved and Expanded

Adi Ngadiri also explained that, starting in 2005, the priority at Ngurah Rai International Airport will be on development of the domestic terminal, to bring it up to the same standards of the international terminal. He admitted that domestic air travelers often complain of the inferior quality of service provided at the domestic terminal. Those limitations on service, he claimed, are largely due to the limited floor space of only 5000 square meters, a problem which should be answered with the planned expansion to 12,000 square meters set forth in current expansion plans.