Bali Airport as a Parking Lot

During the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, West Flores, 09-11 May 2023, nine head-of-delegation private jets will be “parked” at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. 

While the Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo has undergone a significant upgrade and renovation that includes a new terminal, and a lengthening and strengthening of the runway surface, the airport lacks sufficient parking areas to accommodate the many private aircraft used by Heads of State/Government of ASEAN member countries, including Timor-Leste.  

Timor-Leste, currently being welcomed into the Association’s membership, is a one-hour flight by private aircraft from Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport.

The average flying time between Labuan Bajo (LBJ) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS) is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Due to insufficient hotel space in Labuan Bajo, two ASEAN Heads of State attending the Summit will stay in Bali hotels, opting to shuttle back and forth each day to the summit venue.

Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, Flores

As reported by, the nine aircraft parked in Bali during the ASEAN Summit are: 

– Two aircraft from Brunei Darussalam: An Airbus A320 and a Boeing B747-800

– Cambodia

– Vietnam

– Malaysia

– Laos

– The Philippines

– Indonesia

– Singapore

The Heads of State Aircraft will remain parked in Bali until the end of the Summit on 11 May, when they will return to Labuan Bajo to pick up their VIP passengers for their return flights home.

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has facilities for parking 18 planes, including three reserved for the use of Indonesian military aircraft. 

Related Links

ASEAN 2023 Summit Website

Komodo Airport Website

Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport

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