Interesting Facts about Ngurah Rai International Airport

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Ngurah Rai airport is one of the main facilities that provide essential transportation to accommodate someone from one place to another. The existence of Ngurah Rai airport can facilitate access from Bali to other countries and vice versa.

Ngurah Rai is one of Indonesia’s most famous international airports and is known around the world. There are some interesting facts about this international Bali airport. What are they?

Interesting Facts about Ngurah Rai Airport

1. Best Upgraded Airport

The first fact about Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport is that it was awarded the “2015 Best Upgraded Airport in the Asia Pacific”. The award is given because the services provided at this airport are constantly improved in quality.

Airport Council International (ACI) considers I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport has made significant progress when providing services to passengers. In addition to ACI’s award, Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport also received an award from the Government of Indonesia as “Top 99 Public Service Innovation” in 2016.

2. The 3rd Busiest Airport in Indonesia

After Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta and Juanda Airport in Surabaya, I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport became the busiest airport. The number of passengers using this airport reached 25 million per year. 

The number of passengers at Ngurah Rai Airport continues to increase, especially foreign passengers. The number increased to 6.07% from the previous period in 2017. This increase occurred because several airlines proposed new flight routes and additional flight frequencies.

3. Aesthetic Architecture Adopts The Local Culture

The architecture of the building in Ngurah Rai adopts the concept of local culture. Outside the building, there are various gates equipped with Balinese reliefs. While the interior has a variety of unique Balinese decorations.

In addition, the management always presents events rich with Balinese cultural themes at the airport. For example, Balinese gamelan and rindik (traditional Balinese music) are played live by Balinese artists.

4. Formerly Named Tuban Airport

To increase tourism in Bali, from 1963-1969, the Government of Indonesia carried out a development project in preparation for the internationalization of the airport. The inauguration marks the completion.

The construction of Tuban Airport by President Soeharto on August 1, 1969, was also the moment when the name changed from Tuban Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport).

5. The Year 2013 Revitalized

In 2013, Ngurah Rai International Airport was revitalized from its previous capacity of only 1.5 million people per year to 15 million people per year.

The flow of passengers coming to Bali through this airport reaches 9.5 million people annually. Over the years, the airport often undergoes revitalization to accommodate up to 25 million passengers annually.

Bali airport is indeed one of the best airports with services and facilities in Indonesia and even the world. Unsurprisingly, this airport has always been the main door for tourists from various countries.

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