Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport reports 161 percent increase in passengers

Passengers passing through Ngurah Rai International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Angkasa Pura I
Passengers passing through Ngurah Rai International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Angkasa Pura I

Eased travel restrictions across Indonesia and a seemingly improving COVID-19 situation has led to domestic travel picking up in the country, with its most popular tourist destination Bali seeing a 161 percent increase in the number of air travelers in the last month. 

Herry A.Y Sikado, General Manager at airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I, said in a statement today that over 230,000 passengers passed through Ngurah Rai International Airport in September. On average, Harry said the airport served about 7,831 passengers daily. 

In early September, a notable drop in the prices of COVID-19 tests appeared to have brought more passengers to Bali. Now that the province is categorized as Level 3 under the tiered version of the Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) protocol, Indonesians are clearly not shying away from fulfilling their pandemic wanderlust. 

“We are hoping that the lowering of the PPKM level in Bali will increase demand for air travel,” Harry said. 

A clip taken from Jimbaran just last night illustrates how tourism is picking up in Bali, where tables by the beach famous for their seafood offerings appear packed with diners.

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