Bali airport gets ready for rainy season

Work on the airport’s apron under progress in August 2018. Photo: Coconuts Bali
Work on the airport’s apron under progress in August 2018. Photo: Coconuts Bali

Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is gearing up for rainy season.

Airport General Manager Yanus Suprayogi says there will be an increase in ongoing inspections, checking runways, aprons, runway markings, and lighting for the rainy season.

“Puddles on the runway can cause disruption of aircraft operations,” Suprayogi said on Sunday, as quoted by Republika.

The drainage system around the runway area is a major concern for the airport since there’s no place for water to train when rainfall is high—hence that heavy flooding that Bali experiences on the adjacent Ngurah Rai Bypass when downpours are especially heavy.

In addition to the runway, the airport’s apron will also be checked. Not only for water levels, but also any other foreign objects that could impact aviation safety, such as animals or equipment, said Suprayogi.

“Flight safety is always our priority at Ngurah Rai Airport,” the general manager said.

With several rainfalls around different regencies of the island, Bali is on the cusp of rainy season, which is typically October to April—but not always.

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