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In a Barely Holding Pattern

Renovated Bali Airport Targeted to Handle 25 Million Tourists When Current Renovation Program Completed

(2/10/2012) The managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I, are targeting that, when current renovations are completed, the Bali air gateway will be capable of handling 25 million domestic and international passengers each year.

Beritabali.com reports that according to data provided by PT Angkasa Pura I, the Bali airport in its current pre-renovation status is overburdened and badly under capacitated for the some 12.7 million tourists who passed throughvthe airport in 2011. The general manager of PT Angkasa Pura at the Bali airport, Purwanto, told a group of tourism leaders on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, that the current carrying capacity of the Bali airport is 12 million passengers.

“It's becoming very difficult for us to operate on the narrow strip of 294 hectares contained within the airport. Ideally, we need two runways and 1,000 hectares. This land is very limited,” explained Purwanto.

Purwanto said the limited space of the Bali Ngurah Rai Airport means it’s time for Bali to build a new airport. Looking to the future, Purwant underlined that Bali expects to double the number of tourists now visiting the island.