Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Adding Additional Flights for Idul Fitri Holidays

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has received applications for additional flights to accommodate increased passenger flows over the coming Idul Fitri 2016 Holidays.

As reported by Beritadewata.com, Trikora Harjo, the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura - the Airport’s authority, said on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the request for additional flight frequencies has come from airlines flying between Bali and cities including Surabaya, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Makassar, Semarang and Medan.

“Generally, there (are requests) for 80 extra flights, but I don’t know the breakdown for each airline,” said Trikora.

Despite the request for extra flights, Trikora projects that there will be a 2% decrease in the number of passengers flying home from Bali for the holidays. This decrease, he said, is due to this year’s three-week gap in the timing for school holidays and the Idul Fitri holidays.

Among the airlines seeking extra flight frequencies for the holiday period are Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, AirAsia and Sriwijaya Air. Several international airlines serving Bali are expected to seek additional capacity over the same period.

When members of the press quizzed Trikora on reports that three Australian airlines were canceling Bali flights as the result of the Zika Virus scare, he said he had no knowledge of any such cancellations and would need to investigate such news.

Present application provides for 96 extra Citilink flights between Cengkareng to Denpasar, 20 extra Air Asia flights between Surabaya and Denpasar, 24 extra Sriwijaya flights between Cengkareng and Denpasar, 6 extra Garuda Indonesia flights between Cengkareng and Bali and 4 extra Garuda Indonesia flights between Bandung and Denpasar. In total, the extra flights will add 27,718 additional seats.

Meanwhile, international fights to be added over the holiday period include 2 flights by Malaysian Airline from Kuala Lumpur, 9 flights by Chinese Airlines from Taipei. Together, this will provide for an additional 1,754 international passenger seats. Airport officials predict that the rush in holiday traffic will run from June 5 until June 9, 2016.

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