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Jakarta Post

Ngurah Rai airport crippled by power outages

  • Wasti Atmodjo and Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 16 2011   /  10:18 am

An hour-long electricity blackout disrupted operations at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at check-in counters.

Risman Torry, the general and personnel manager of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura, told The Jakarta Post that the airport’s domestic terminal suddenly went dark and all operations including check-in procedures ceased.

Power went out in several areas across the island from 11:22 a.m. to 1:31 p.m., affecting vital areas, including the airport, which in 2009 recorded 76,797 flights, carrying 9,625, 433 passengers.

“Fortunately our emergency generators held up,” Torry said. “The blackouts did not disrupt flight schedules.”

Apart from Kuta, electricity outages also affected Sanur, Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Gianyar, Badung, Karangasem and Klungkung.

Dadan Koernia Poetra, the general...