THE reopening of international flights at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali Province, will go through a number of simulation stages first.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno at Ngurah Rai Airport (22/3) said in essence we will continue to practice because we cannot immediately open it in June-July. We must have simulations continuously and airport readiness must be continuously improved, there must be trials, there must be a pilot project and there must be several stages.

“In the simulation, his party will prepare a number of program plans so that all related parties can be better prepared to welcome foreign tourists back to Bali. So this is what we will start simulating later with several charter programs or special programs so that airport authorities as a whole have to be in really good condition,” he said.

Minister Sandiaga Uno also reviewed the readiness of Ngurah Rai Airport in welcoming back foreign tourists. He appreciated the implementation of strict health protocols at the airport.

“I am grateful, my friends all have prepared strict health protocols. I have seen the readiness of the health protocols, masks, maintaining distance and several spots for washing hands,” he said.

In addition to simulations, according to him, another step that is being carried out to prepare for the re-opening of Bali tourism for foreign tourists is the COVID-19 vaccination program. Every day we boost vaccinations so that by June-July the target number of two million (Balinese people who have been vaccinated) can be completed.

Meanwhile, General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I International Airport Branch I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Herry A.Y. Sikado explained that his party had made various preparations for the reopening of international flights, such as by going through several assessment stages.

“As soon as we assess everything meets the requirements, in terms of health protocols, of course. In addition, our party has also prepared various health protocol facilities for the prevention of COVID-19 in noted.

Herry A.Y. Sikado added that we have also conducted trials from the Ministry of Tourism. Yesterday we took 300 samples and there were indeed improvements, especially in terms of service to passengers. []