Bali Post confirms that the renovations of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, scheduled to begin in November 2010, will now commence one month later, in December. The development and expansion of the island's sole air gateway is a matter of top priority due to rapidly expanding tourism arrivals and the under-capacity of Bali's airport that now handles more than 10 million travelers each year.
The chief director of PT Angkasa Pura I, the Bali airport's management company, Tommy Soetomo, said, "the physical construction of the Ngurah Rai terminal will cost Rp. 2 trillion and is targeted for completion in March 2013." Soetomo confirmed that an acceleration in the renovation of the airport is being done at the express orders of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who wants the work completed in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in 2013.
The expansion of the terminal facilities and parking areas will require the removal and demolition of 143 staff houses and 3 schools.
Badung's regent Anak Agung Gede Agung welcomes plans to move up the date for work commencement, adding, "we are pushing for the development of the Ngurah Rai Airport so it can be a much better international airport." The regent has been a consistent voice calling for Bali architectural finishes to be included in any final design plan for the airport.
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