Ngurah Rai airport atmosphere ahead of G20 summit: Festive artwork, passengers up 8%

TEMPO.COKuta – A number of plane passengers who had just landed in Bali were passing through the arrival gate Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Saturday November 12, 2022. Passengers looked uncomfortable dragging their suitcases, carrying bags or carrying backpacks towards the exit.

Unlike the usual weekends, this time Ngurah Rai Airport which is located in Kuta, Badung is more crowded. PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) noted that the number of passenger movements at the airport was almost 10% higher than last month.

“The daily average daily comparison of domestic and international passenger numbers in November 2022 increased by 8 percent,” said Ngurah Rai Airport’s Angkasa Pura I General Manager Handy Heryudhitiawan. Tempo.

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Heavy passenger traffic at Ngurah Rai Airport today cannot be separated from the event G20 summit which will be held in Nusa Dua. The meeting of the heads of the G20 member countries will take place face to face in Amphurva, Nusa Dua, on November 15-16.

Prior to the summit, the Indonesian G20 Presidency organized a complementary program which brought together ministers or officials from various countries to finalize strategic issues. Indonesia also hosts meetings of business people from all over the world as part of the B20 forum.

The atmosphere at Ngurah Rai Airport was not just different because there were more people. At a number of points, the airport is festively decorated with typical Indonesian art ornaments. Various art installations were presented from different angles.

Delegates received seven works of art made by local Balinese artisans. Artist I Wayan Upadana, for example, presents his work in the form of 3D installation art that combines various media, from resin, video, LED screens to glass.

Next, Kadek Dwi Armika. It exhibits art works in the form of sketches of Balinese traditions that depict good, harmonious and balanced relationships between humans, the environment and God.

At the Bali Ngurah Rai Airport Domestic Arrival Gate, AP I has prepared a G20 Information Desk or Help Desk. A number of passengers who got off the plane appeared to stop at the help desk to ask for a bit of information.

The crowd continued to the exit. In the passenger boarding line, rental transport, taxis, until the bus winds its way. Shuttles bearing the G20 name also made round trips. The waiting time for passengers or the journey to get a pick-up is almost 30 minutes.

A GoCar partner driver, Oktaviani, admitted the passenger density at Ngurah Rai airport was unusual. “It’s pretty dense,” he said. Routes to airports and G20 sites also apply special even-odd traffic provisions.

Flight slot arrangements

Ngurah Rai Airport is the main point of entry for G20 delegates visiting Bali. To anticipate the build-up due to high air traffic at the airport, AP I manages passenger traffic through a flight slot scenario.

AP I Senior Director Faik Fahmi said the airport with the second highest level of passenger movement handled by his company will operate 24 hours a day. VVIP aircraft for G20 Summit delegates.

In this way, the change of slot will not reduce the existing scheduled commercial transport flight schedule. “We are working to ensure that commercial flights are not significantly affected,” Faik said.

Faik estimates that with this arrangement, the ground time for domestic scheduled widebody aircraft is 105 minutes. While narrow-body type aircraft 45 minutes. Ground time is the time the aircraft is parked on the apron.

“We have prepared the arrangements well, including coordinating with ground handling and airlines to ensure readiness and adapt to the current situation,” he said.

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