Bali airport expansion to cost an estimated IDR2.2 trillion

Photo: Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport
Photo: Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport

Bali may be relatively quiet at the moment because of the island’s rumbling volcano, but the government is optimistic that things will pick up later this year.

So optimistic that I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport will be getting an update, with an expansion that will cost an estimated IDR2.2 trillion (US$163.5 million) in time for the big IMF-World Bank meeting slated for October 2018 in Bali.

The expansion into the sea will require reclamation on the west-side of the airport to extend 500 meters by 900 meters wide, according to Ngurah Rai General Manager Yanus Suparayogi. The airport is located in Tuban, just south of the island’s tourist hub of Kuta.

“Currently we’re in the tendering process. The project is related to the preparation for IMF activities,” Suparayogi said in Kuta on Wednesday, as quoted by Kompas.

Reclamation has been selected for the expansion instead of piling, which would interfere with flight activity, says the GM.

“If you used piling, the airport activities should be stopped for 12 hours a day, so we have chosen the reclamation option,” he concluded.

Bali is pulling out all the stops for the IMF-World Bank meeting.

The meeting has catalyzed development on a number of other infrastructural projects including the underpass being built in front of the airport, a luxury cruise terminal in Benoa, and completion on the GWK Garuda-Wisnu sculpture tower that’s been years in the making.

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