Indonesia Plans Bali Airport Renovation

Indonesia’s Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, has announced a US$110.4 million development plan for Ngurah Rai Airport on the island of Bali, the country’s prime tourist destination. The project will include expanding the domestic terminal and improving the road infrastructure. Funding will come from the state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura, among other sources.
According to Bambang Darwanto, head of PT Angkasa Pura, the expansion is part of an effort to accommodate the rising number of people travelling to Bali. “Currently, four million people arrive every year, and the current international terminal has a capacity to handle only two million,” he said.
The domestic terminal will be extended to match the 753,500 sq ft (70,000m2) international terminal. Construction work is due to start this April and when it is completed in 2010 the two terminals will be switched; with the newly-expanded domestic terminal handling all subsequent international flights.