Over 134,000 domestic travelers flew to Bali in March: airport officials

A passenger roaming the halls of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: PT Angkasa Pura 1
A passenger roaming the halls of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: PT Angkasa Pura 1

More than 134,000 people flew to Ngurah Rai International Airport in March, airport officials said, signaling a slow return of tourism for the economically-battered province.

Ngurah Rai Airport saw a 74 percent increase of incoming travelers in March compared to the previous month, Herry A.Y Sikado, general manager of airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I, said. This amounts to 134,558 passengers, on top of 129,512 passengers who flew out of Denpasar in March. 

According to Herry, Jakarta, Surabaya, and Lombok are the most popular routes, with a total of 2,845 aircraft movements recorded last month. 

“Those numbers only reflect domestic passengers, because international flights are not yet open,” Herry said. 

“We will ensure that with this statistical increase in March 2021 for both passengers and aircraft movements, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali will continue to uphold service standards especially in implementing health protocols according to existing procedures.”

Herry also said that airport staff are among those receiving priority COVID-19 vaccines in the province. 

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