With Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport exceeding its capacity by more than 3.1 million passengers each year, state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I is currently working on plans to expand the overcrowded facility.
Angkasa Pura I managing director Tommy Soetomo announced on Monday that the airport's departure and arrival terminals currently handled 11.1 million passengers a year, exceeding its capacity of only 8 million.
Tommy added that he expected the airport expansion to accommodate the soaring visitor numbers, expected to reach 24.6 million a year by 2025.
“This is the only option we have to maintain customer satisfaction,” he said.
The company, Tommy added, planned to relocate 35 guest houses to accommodate for the expansion, which is expected to occupy up to 265.6 hectares of land, worth Rp 1.94 trillion.
The expansion will cover four projects: a new access road to the airport and a new airport building, the construction of a new flyover, airport terminal and luggage handling system.