Bali Airport is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia. As the island is in the midst of the tourist high season, officials have announced that they are committed to ensuring travelers have a smooth journey through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International.
Officials from Bali Airport have spoken to the media about their commitment to ensuring the process of getting through the airport is quick and simple.
This will also include upgrades to equipment across the immigration gates.
The airport was visited this week by the Director General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, Silmy Karim, who also shared his observations.
Director General Karim told the press that the auto gates will be installed at immigration to help speed up the processing times.
“From the side of the crossing at Immigration Checkpoint where the crossing is at Ngurah Rai. Later we will upgrade equipment such as automated so that later it will also make it easier to speed crossings,” This, he says, will help reduce queue times to less than 20 minutes, even at rush hour.
The Director General said that he is always kept in the loop about what is happening at Bali’s International Airport, noting, “I always monitor how the queue is at Ngurah Rai.”
The announcement comes as it is confirmed that more of the world’s largest commercial airplanes will be landing in Bali on a weekly basis.
Karim explained, “There is also interesting information that there will be more Airbus A380s, which are currently operating at Ngurah Rai for about two weeks every day, both for Emirates and other airlines. This means that there are aircraft with a large capacity here.”
The Director General of Immigration was also in Bali to attend the laying of the first stone for the new immigration offices in Singaraja.
The new offices will oversee immigration matters for Buleleng Regency, Karangasem Regency, and Jimbaran Regency, serving 2,500 foreigners who reside in these areas and, of course, the thousands of tourists who visit these beautiful areas of the island too.
During his press conference, Karim also revealed that the cooperation between authorities in Bali is starting to help curb bad behavior by tourists on the island.
With another surge of arrivals on the cards, Bali Airport must continue to keep up with the increased volume of tourists who will need processing at immigration if the island is to remain as popular as it is now.
Generally speaking, getting through Bali Airport is a pretty quick and efficient process.
However, every year, there are anecdotal reports of tourists left queueing for upwards of an hour, especially during the high season and Christmas and New Year holidays.
In light of the increased volume of passengers at Bali Airport, officials have been calling on tourists to arrive extra early for their flights.
The new automated gates will make it quicker for tourists to arrive in Bali, but an issue that sometimes gets overlooked is the time it takes to check in and drop bags during the high season.
Tourists are being urged to leave extra time to drive to the airport, especially as the island continues to tackle the issue of traffic congestion.
Most international flights require passengers to arrive 2 hours before take-off; however, it is always advisable to leave a little extra leeway, especially during high season and during rush hour.
Earlier this month, the Bali Airport’s General Manager Handy Heryudhitiawan said, “Ngurah Rai Airport always prioritizes the convenience, security, and safety of airport service users.”
He called on tourists to be generous with their time management, especially as the island is experiencing unseasonably heavy rains at the moment too.
Bali Airport is currently serving an average of 65,000 passengers a day across the domestic and international terminals.
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