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How Bali Tourism Took Flight

Bali Airport Authority Launches Book Covering the History of Ngurah Rai International Airport.

(2/20/2010) A new book published by PT Angkasa Pura I, the management authority of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, traces the history of aviation on the island.

Originally, a 700-meter simple airstrip was built in the early 1930s, the precursor to the current 3,000 meter long runway that handles almost 77,0000 flights and some ten millions of passengers each year.

Bali's airport celebrated its "official" 46th anniversary as an international airport on February 20, 2010. Prior to 1964, the airport, in its earliest incarnation, served round-the-world flights transiting between Asia and Australia, early tourist flight by KLM, Dutch colonial military flights and by Japanese occupation forces during WWII.

2010 will see a massive renovation program commenced that will permit Bali's airport to handle the estimated 17 million passengers expected to visit Bali by 2020.

The book is 150-pages long and is presented in both English and Indonesian.