Bali Airport sees 56% increase in passengers in March

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The number of passengers arriving and departing through Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in March 2022 increased by 56 percent compared to February, state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I informed.

According to the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, Herry A.Y. Sikado, the airport recorded 605,133 passengers and 4,774 aircraft movements in March this year.

“This achievement (was a combination of) records of domestic and international flights that have been operating again. When compared to the February 2022 period, (the number of) passengers increased by 56 percent and aircraft movements rose by 30 percent,” Sikado said in Badung district on Tuesday.

The increasing trend was influenced by a number of factors, although I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport temporarily suspended flight operations for 24 hours during Hindu Silence or Nyepi Day on March 3, 2022, he explained.

“Some factors that triggered the increase such as the easing of flight requirements as air transportation travelers who already have obtained a complete dose of vaccine are no longer required to take COVID-19 tests,” he said.

The MotoGP or Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia that was held in Lombok was also a factor in the hike in the number of passengers, Sikado pointed out.

Furthermore, in March, the top three departure routes served by Bali Airport were flights to Jakarta with 164,790 passengers, Surabaya with 40,544 passengers, and Makassar with 22,267 passengers.

The highest number of daily passengers on domestic flights was recorded at 26,335 on March 25, 2022, and on international flights at 1,979 on March 28, 2022.

“We are committed to providing services with strict health protocols in accordance with government regulations in anticipating the spread of COVID-19, along with increasing public confidence in using air transportation during the pandemic,” Sikado said.

Source: Antara News