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Bali to Have an Airport Hotel

Current Renovation of Bali Airport to Include Addition of a Transit Hotel.

(2/5/2011) The large scale upgrading and reconfiguration of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport will also include an airport hotel.

Kompas.com reports that the Director of the state-owned company that manages the airport, Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Soetomo, announced the plans to build an airport hotel as part of the overall redevelopment of Bali's air gateway.

Soetomo's comments were made at a ceremony where he assumed responsibility for the Bali airport from outgoing manager Heru Legowo.

Explaining the plan, Soetomo said: "For example, if a plane is delayed and the passengers need to rest the hotel will form a part of or the airport's facilities. Thus the hotel is to meet this need."

Denying that the airport will be operating a fully-fledged hotel, Soetomo continued: "It's not a hotel, but a place for a shower and breakfast. It will only be a transit hotel, not a full-scale hotel…the hotel will be a minor supporting business."

Soetomo said work had begun on the Rp. 2 trillion (US$222 million) airport redevelopment which include a new terminal covering 130,000 square meters with all work scheduled to be completed before the APEC Economic Cooperation Conference to be held in 2013.