Bali’s Airport: Signs of a Tourism Revival

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport experienced a surge in passenger movements during the first 20 days of September 2021, nearing the 10,000 mark on 19 September 2021.

As quoted by NusaBali, Taufan Yudhistira, the Stakeholder Relations Manager for PT Angkasa Pura I – the State-owned Company that manages the Airport, said that the total passenger movements between 01 and 20 September were very high despite the continuing pandemic. Arriving and departing passengers totaled 135,494 – comprised of 70,178 arriving and 65,316 departing travelers.

Reflecting the surge in travelers, on 19 September 2021, a total of 9,965 passengers passed through Bali’s sole air gateway. In achieving the 135,494 total passengers over the first 20 days of September, a daily average of between 2,000 and 3,000 people arrived or departed by air.

There was also an increase in aircraft movements during the same 20-day period. 1,281 aircraft movements were recorded during this period, consisting of 644 flight arrivals and 637 flight departures. On the peak day of 19 September 2021, there were 98 aircraft movements with 49 arrivals and 50 departures. During the 20 days, an average of 60 to 70 aircraft movements took place. 

 Taufan told the press that he hopes the recent surge in passengers and aircraft through Bali’s Airport reflects the growing relaxation in travel restrictions and a resulting revival of the Island’s tourism industry.

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