Bali Visa Info – Bali’s air access will be wider. North Bali Airport will be built and planned for 2020. The location has been determined in the Kubuaddan sub-district, Buleleng Regency, Bali in an area of 400 hectares.
The initial stages of preparation for the construction of North Bali Airport have passed. The master plan, site selection, and development planning have been completed.
Engaging Chinese Contractors
The construction of the North Bali airport was initiated by PT BIBU Panji Sakti (PT BIBU) which is targeted to operate in 2024.
The construction of an international airport in the North Bali area will involve China Construction First Group Corp. Ltd. (CCFG), a subsidiary of the state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd. (CSCEC).
The two companies also cooperated which was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CCFG and PT BIBU on December 29, 2020.
CCFG is the company that will be the main contractor in the construction of the international airport. Not only that, CCFG is also ready to fund the airport construction project in North Bali with a turn key scheme.
Why Airport Development in North Bali ?
The presence of the international airport in North Bali is to anticipate the capacity of Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in the post-Covid-19 pandemic which is increasingly limited considering that it only has one runway.
The North Bali area was chosen to develop this new airport based on various considerations. Such as equity and economic balance between North Bali and South Bali.
The selection in the northern area is also a solution to reduce the density of inflows through Ngurah Rai Airport. More importantly, the northern region is a natural disaster mitigation solution, especially facing the eruption of Mount Agung.
New Airport Development Goals in North Bali
The purpose of this airport development is that this airport is expected to realize the Island of the Gods as a Tourism Transit or Hub. The position of this region will serve international and domestic routes.
International routes are connecting Asia with Australia and New Zealand. Domestically, it is a bridge for the western, central and eastern regions of Indonesia.
Later, this northern zone can facilitate MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) for airlines with routes to the eastern part of Indonesia. Developed through the Low Lost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) concept, this new airport will be equipped with 2 runways.
The north side of the runway measures 3,600×60 meters, then 3,250×60 meters in the south. Later this airport can accommodate Boeing 777-300ER or Airbus A380 aircraft.
Location Plan for New Bali Airport Development
Later, this airport will be built in the coastal area of Kubuaddan, Buleleng which is in accordance with the Bali Provincial Regulation Number 3/2020 concerning RTRW. Which was later updated through the Prov. Bali No. 3/ 2020 – which among other things designates the Kubuaddan sub-district as the location for the new airport. It is Penglingsir Puri Ageng Blahbatuh Gianyar, A.A. Alit Kakarsana welcomed the cooperation between CCFG and PT BIBU.
Will Develop Tourist Destinations in North Bali
The construction of this new airport has been warmly welcomed by the Bendesa Adat KubuAddan Jro Pasek Warkadea, Beliu said “The dream of the KubuAddan people will soon come true. North Bali is no longer left behind with South Bali,” said Jro Pasek.
The traditional leader from KubuAddan also saw that the airport construction would clearly create new jobs for the residents of North Bali. “This will close the gap in the welfare of the residents of North Bali and South Bali”
North and South Bali areas will be connected by toll roads. The North-South Bali Toll Axis will connect Buleleng and Denpasar. This section will be equipped with a short cut and will start from Pegayaman Village. This axis is targeted for completion in 2021.
Minister of Tourism (Menpar) Arief Yahya explained, North Bali tourist destinations will continue to develop with the new airport.
“The construction of a new airport in the northern area of Bali will be good. Tourism destinations in the region will rapidly develop. Because the northern region has many potential destinations,” explained the Minister of Tourism.