Antara News are reporting that passenger traffic to Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport increased by 169-percent in January 2023 compared to the same period last year.
Handy Heryudhitiawan, the airport’s General Manager said on Wednesday that “in January 2023, we were able to serve 1,568,793-passengers, an increase of 169-percent when compared to passengers in January 2022. This is a positive revival for the aviation and tourism sectors, especially in Bali.”
The increase in passenger numbers was influenced by the opening of international flights since March 2022, he added.
“In January 2023, we served 810,930-international passengers consisting of 383,288-international passengers arriving and 427,642-international passengers departing from Bali airport,” said Heryudhitiawan.
International passenger traffic will continue to increase in the future with the plan to add more international flight routes to Bali, he projected.
So far, most international passengers are arriving in Bali via the Singapore route (168,744-passengers), followed by the Kuala Lumpur route (99,979-passengers) and the Melbourne route (73,258-passengers), say Antara News.
“However, if we look for each country, the Australian route contributed the most passengers with 271,667-passengers served by flights to and from 7-cities in Australia,” Heryudhitiawan said.
Meanwhile, domestic flights operating from Bali have also recorded growth. During January this year, as many as 757,863-domestic passengers departed from and arrived at the airport.
The figure reflected an increase of 27-percent compared to January last year, Heryudhitiawan said, adding that domestic flights from Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta were the largest contributors to passenger traffic with 328,939-passengers served.
“The second largest contributor to traffic is the Surabaya flight route with 85,433-passengers, and Ujung Pandang with 42,717-passengers,” he added.
Source: Antara News