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As the Coronavirus economic meltdown continues, last Monday (13/4) there were zero international passenger flights to and from Denpasar International Airport.

Communications and Legal Manager at Angkasa Pura I, Andanina Dyah Permata Megasari, explained that in the past week there had been a significant decrease in both aircraft and passenger movements. “In fact, on Monday 13 April, there were no flights on international routes. However, on the same day the records show that the domestic routes had approximately one thousand passenger movements,” Dyah told NusaBali on Thursday (4/16) afternoon.

Bali Airport

The decline is obviously caused by the Corona pandemic and the government of Indonesia prohibiting foreigners, without a residence working permit, from entering Indonesia, including Bali.

The Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport

Dyah also mentioned that in the past week, only 580 international passengers arrived to Bali. “International movement continues to decline, from hundreds, dozens even to absolutely none or zero movements,” said Dyah.

empty bali airport

Some domestic routes are still open and the highest recent movement was on April 15 when 1,399 people arriving to Bali. While the most departures occurred on April 9, with a total of 2,070 people.

Eerie photos of an almost empty Bali airport have emerged on social media as locals say the tourism business has been devastated by the Coronavirus.

“For the record, the domestic and international terminals are still operational. However, movement on both international and domestic flights is becoming less by the day,” said Dyah.

Mandatory Quarantine

Yesterday, Governor Koster also announced that in future, people entering Bali will be quarantined by the government in government buildings.  “Quarantine in the regencies or cities can be implemented by the respective regions. 

Coronavirus Prevention Bali Airport Disinfected

They can be quarantined all in a hotel for example. The regencies can also use the facilities owned by the province, like training centers or other institutions where offices are now not in use,” he explained to Bali Express. (PMI, or returning workers from overseas, have seen the most positive cases in recent days and need to be properly quarantined, according to authorities. 

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