THE MANAGER of Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport together with a number of local aviation and tourism stakeholders conducted an international flight simulation to ensure the airport’s readiness ahead of the reopening for international flights on October 14.

“Today we are carrying out a real simulation to test the standard operating procedures that have been set,” said Director General of Civil Aviation at the Ministry of Transportation Novie Riyanto in Badung Regency, Bali, Saturday (10/9).

The simulation was carried out by involving 90 participants who were the airport community consisting of 88 adults and two children. Initially, passengers were simulated coming from Incheon Airport, South Korea.

They undergo all the procedures that have been set according to the SOP for the arrival of passengers from abroad at Ngurah Rai Airport. Upon landing and arriving at the arrival terminal, passengers must pass a body temperature checking procedure through a thermal scanner.

Passengers with a body temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or lower, can continue the next process. Meanwhile, those whose body temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius will be directed to a further examination room.

If the observation results show that they are healthy, the passenger can continue the next process. On the other hand, if the observation results show that the person concerned is not healthy, he will be referred to a hospital for further treatment.

The next stage is the registration counter, where passengers will be served by officers from the COVID-19 Task Force. They input data and officers control data and print barcodes.

In the next process, passengers must pass the inspection of health documents and quarantine hotels carried out by the Port Health Office (KKP) by tapping barcodes.

Furthermore, the passengers are directed to undergo RT-PCR inspection in 20 booths that have been prepared by the airport manager and then passengers go to the immigration counter for inspection of immigration documents and scanning of electronic customs declaration barcodes by Customs officers.

After that, the passengers were placed in the holding area while waiting for the results of the RT-PCR before they could leave the airport area to go to the quarantine hotel. The quarantine hotel will also collect data in this waiting room, which is estimated to take 60 minutes.

Novie Riyanto explained, from the implementation of the simulation, his party will hold a meeting before issuing recommendations on what must be evaluated in the implementation of international passenger services.

In opening international flights, his party carried out very detailed and careful arrangements so that SOPs could run well and could prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We regulate in great detail, including flight slot arrangements, how the passenger flow runs from the inside, how and how long the PCR process is carried out. Therefore, we carry out this simulation so that later in the implementation there are no unwanted things,” Novie Riyanto concluded. [antaranews]