As of May 2022, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport received more than one million domestic and international passengers – a new record in the post-Covid era.
As reported by NusaBali.com, PT Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned company that manages Bali airport, a total of 1,006,662 passengers entered and departed the island from May 1 to May 30, 2022.
Arie Ahsanurrohim, the company’s director of public relations, said in Denpasar on Saturday that passengers reported during this period came from domestic and foreign routes.
Arie added that passenger movements were calculated based on scheduled and unscheduled flights.
He explained that the unscheduled flights were used by former US President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and their families during their visit to Lebaran over the Christmas period.
Domestic travelers accounted for the majority of airport arrivals. The domestic terminal building received a total of 772,116 people.
While domestic passengers accounted for three-quarters of all arrivals, international arrivals saw the biggest increase in passengers.
From April to May 2022, international arrivals increased by 107%. About a quarter of a million international visitors arrived in Bali. The recent relaxation of Covid 19 regulations is one of the reasons for the massive increase in arrivals.
These figures correspond to an average of more than 24,000 domestic passengers and more than 7,000 foreign tourists per day.
The increase in the number of international arrivals can also be explained by the resumption of schedules for low-cost airlines to Bali.
Emirates, the world’s largest airline, returned to the Ngurah Rai runway in May for the first time in two years, facilitating the arrival of Middle Eastern passengers to Bali.
AirAsia resumed its Perth to Bali flight schedule in mid-May and VietJet relaunched its Bali to Ho Chi Minh flight service as well.
In addition, “Under current regulations, for domestic and international passengers, there is no longer a requirement for Covid-19 test results for anyone who has had booster shots or full shots. It certainly makes it easier for people who are going to travel by plane,” said General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Handy Heryudhitiawan in a press release.