Tourists in Bali are being urged by airport officials to leave extra time when setting off for I Gusti Ngurah Rai International.
Bali Airport’s General Manager Handy Heryudhitiawan is calling on all tourists to arrive extra early for their flights in the coming weeks.
Speaking to reporters, Handy Heryudhitiawan shared that he has been in regular contact with the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) at the Ngurah Rai Meteorological Station.
Weather forecasts for the week ahead suggest heavy rain and storms that will undoubtedly lead to more traffic congestion and slower-than-usual drive times.
Heryudhitiawan said, “This appeal is solely to anticipate delays for prospective passengers due to extreme weather such as heavy rain.”
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He added, “Traffic flow to the airport is often congested at certain hours. Moreover, the current conditions are still raining heavily. So prospective passengers need to anticipate that they are not late arriving at the airport.” Although on Sunday the 9th and Monday the 10th, the skies started to clear, more heavy and unseasonal rains are on the way in Bali.
Bali has been blasted by torrential rains over the last two weeks. Downpours have caused havoc on the roads, localized flooding, landslides, and damage to communities.
Heryudhitiawan concluded his statement, “Ngurah Rai Airport always prioritizes the convenience, security, and safety of airport service users.”
“Therefore, we convey this appeal to service users who will fly from Ngurah Rai Airport for our mutual convenience.”
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The General Manager is responsible for the smooth running of Bali Airport, which currently sees an average of 65,000 passengers a day across both domestic and international terminals, and 405 aircraft movements every day.
As Bali is in the midst of the peak holiday season, tourists are reminded to allow for extra time when moving around the island, especially during rush hours.
Bali Airport has served over 9.7 million travelers so far this year, 5,196,806 of whom were traveling on international routes.
Travel data shows that June 2023 was the busiest month of the year so far, with international routes serving 1,017,205 passengers, which can be viewed as 511,447 arrivals and 505,758 departing passengers.
Heryudhitiawan told reporters that the busiest domestic routes remain the daily flights to Jakarta and Surabaya.
He revealed, “As for international routes, Singapore is the busiest route by serving 229,884 passengers [in June]. Followed by Kuala Lumpur with 136,503 passengers and Melbourne with 83,041 passengers.”
He concluded, “With the number of passengers growing positively due to the ease of air travel after the pandemic, we are projecting service to 20 million passengers in 2023.”
“For this reason, we always ensure the readiness of airport personnel and facilities to support the comfort, security, and safety of service users.”
A survey conducted by the Airport Council International and Indonesia National Air Carriers Association has found a passenger overall satisfaction rate of 5/5 for Bali Airport.
Passengers were asked to rate their airport experience from everything from arrival through to check-in and security, to shopping and dining facilities, through to ease of travel, waiting times, and overall atmosphere.
As tourists are being urged to arrive extra early for their flights due to the issue of traffic congestion on the island, leaders are working to create new solutions to the growing problem.
Last week tourism leaders spoke out about the issue of traffic in popular vacation destinations like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu.
The Chairperson of the Bali Leadership Council of Indonesian Travel Agencies, Putu Winastra, has called on transportation agencies to do more to crack down on illegal parking and street vendors that are contributing to the rising congestion on the already high-use transportation routes.
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