A Lack of Domesticity
International Traffic Now Outpacing Domestic Travel at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport
Beritabali.com reports that Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport during the period January to May 2019 foreign passengers dominated traffic flows through Bali’s sole air gateway.
This compares with the past where some 60% of all passengers using Bali’s Airport were traveling on domestic flights.
Haruman Sulaksono, general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I at Ngurah Rai Airport, said on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, “For the first time in a year’s time, we noted a reduction in the number of total passengers and total flights when compared to the same period in 2018.”
Of the 2,018,541 air passengers traveling through Ngurah Rai Airport in the first five months of 2019, 58.9% (5,315,090) were traveling on international flights. The remaining 3,703,415 passengers using the airport during this period flew domestic flights.
Looking back to one year before January – May 2018, 4,759,573 of the arriving passengers at Bali’s Airport were domestic passengers representing a 52.5% share, while 4,312,189 or 47.5% were international passengers.
“If seen in terms of statistics, international air passengers have grown significantly when compared with the same first five months of 2018. The growth for this period is 555,517 or 11.7%. During the first five month of 2019, new air services have been introduced by Garuda between London and Bali, VietJet between Ho Chi Minh City and Bali, and Malindo Air between Adelaide and Bali. These routes are enhancing Bali’s connectivity to the world and are acting as a catalyst to international passenger arrivals,” said Sulaksono.
The Angkasa Pura Manager for Bali said the number of flight is also increasing. Flight movements for the first five months of 2019 are up 8.2%.