THE number of passengers at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali in the period March 2021 was recorded to have increased by 68% when compared to the statistics on passenger movements in the period February 2021.

In March 2021, it was noted that the airport served as many as 264,070 passengers consisting of 134,558 arriving passengers and 129,512 passengers leaving the Island of the Gods.

According to General Manager of the Branch Office of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai Herry AY Sikado, in Badung Regency, Bali, said that when compared to passengers served in February 2021 previously, departures rose 63% and arrivals increased by 74 %. Regarding the highest daily passenger traffic during March 2021, it occurred on March 28, 2021, with a record that 11,776 passengers were served.

“Meanwhile, the three most popular flight destinations in March 2021 are Jakarta, Surabaya and Lombok. “Of course, if the statistical movement of passenger traffic increases, the aircraft carrying aircraft also increases by 26% or 2,845 aircraft movements in the March 2021 period, when detailed for the arrival of 1,416 aircraft movements and 1,429 departures of aircraft movements,” he said.

Herry Sikado explained that Ngurah Rai Airport confirmed that with a statistical increase in March 2021 for both passengers and aircraft movements, Ngurah Rai Airport managers would still maintain the level of service provided, especially in implementing health protocols according to procedures.

He also appealed to all service users while at the airport to prioritize health protocols by using masks, maintaining distance and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizers.

“Currently all Ngurah Rai Airport officers are also gradually undergoing the COVID-19 vaccination process to help the government anticipate the COVID-19 pandemic and increase public confidence in using air transportation modes,” Herry Sikado concluded. [antaranews/photo special]