INTERNATIONAL Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali admits that it has not postponed the reclamation project in the context of expanding the aircraft parking facility (apron) even though there is still a pandemic.

According to Stakeholder Relations Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Taufan Yudhistira said that the 47 hectare reclamation project will be pursued so that it will be completed by the end of this year.

“The airport authority has calculated that it will spend an investment cost of IDR1.638 trillion for the reclamation project to the construction of the apron. Amid the decline in the number of passengers, the Ngurah Rai Airport Authority still has sufficient resources to finance investment needs. The source of funding for reclamation is mostly financed by funding facilities from financial institutions,” he said.

Taufan explained that in fact, financing restructuring is not an option for the Authority. In terms of development financing, the company has not restructured its financing until now.

Even so, Taufan acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on all industries including the airport industry. In response to this, the company has taken initiatives to maintain and improve the company’s business performance.

“We also carry out cost leadership while still paying attention to safety, security and service aspects,” he noted.

For information, the Bali Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted that during October 2020, the number of domestic flights was recorded at 1,473 flights, up 18.41% month to month (mtm). The number of passengers departing was recorded at 99,545 passengers, an increase of 22.80% mtm.

The destinations for Jakarta or Soekarno-Hatta with a total of 45,151 passengers and Surabaya with 14,691 passengers are recorded as dominating domestic flight destinations. Meanwhile, the number of international flights departing from Bali in October 2020 was recorded at 47 flights, up 4.44% compared to September 2020 mtm.

The number of passengers was recorded at 17 people, a decrease of 93.44% in mtm due to the decline in passenger departures for Qatar to one hundred percent which last month dominated international passenger departures. [antaranews/photo special]