Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that the ongoing massive upgrade of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has done nothing to dissuade arriving passengers in record numbers from flowing through the construction site in 2012.
Angkasa Pura I counted 113,562 incoming and outgoing domestic and international flights in 2012. This are 9,000 more flights than the 103,771 recorded in 2011.
The flights coming and going from Bali in 2012 carried 14.17 million passengers, an increase of 1.4 million than the 12.77 million uplifted in 2011.
A total of 40,804 international flights carried 6.47 million passengers with 7.7 million domestic passengers carried on 72,758 flights.
Extrapolated, this means 56% of all arrivals to Bali come on domestic flights with the remaining 46% traveling internationally.
Behind the scenes, 147.47 million kilograms of luggage passed through the airport in 2012, that's 6.7% more than in 2011.
Cargo shipments totaled 70.32 million kilograms in 2012.
The current US$207 million airport renovation has been undertaken as a showcase project in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit to be held in October 2013. Once completed, the airport will be able to handle 20 million passengers each year. If traffic expands at 10% per year, as projected by the Ministry of Transportation, the total carrying capacity of the new airport will be exceeded as early as 2015 or 2017.
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