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Safe and Safer

Local Airport Authority Refutes Any Suggestion that Safety Standards are Lacking at Bali's International Airport.

(6/11/2007) Recent criticism citing a lack of international safety standards at Bali's Airport by members of the Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) has brought a strong and resounding rebuttal from the management of the Bali Airport Authority (Angkasa Pura I).

As reported in the Indonesian-language BisnisBali, the spokesman for Angkasa Pura I at the Ngurah Rai Airport, Achmad Munir, insists that his airport is achieving increasingly higher safety standards. Speaking of the Bali airport Munir said: "we are receiving international safety certification. Moreover, a recent reassessment carried out by the Transportation Safety Administration (USA) found that security was good at Ngurah Rai."

He went on to describe the many safety and security improvements that have been introduced at Bali's airport following the initial, negative assessment by the Transportation Safety Administration. To meet tougher security standards, the airport has increased staffing levels by 300% and purchased substantial quantities of safety and security equipment. "What's clear is that any statement suggesting safety at Bali's airport does not meet international standards is simply incorrect," proclaimed Munir.

Moreover, according to the airport spokseman, the current safety standards at Bali's airport have become a positive benchmark for safety at all Indonesian airports.