THE MANAGEMENT of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali has served 3,770,944 domestic passengers during 2021.

“We recorded a three percent increase in passengers compared to 2020, which was 3,657,298 passengers or a difference of 113,646 people,” said General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali Herry A.Y Sikado in Badung Regency, Thursday.

He said the most monthly passenger statistics for 2021 occurred in December with 673,177 passengers. That number, when compared to the December 2020 period, increased by 56%.

Meanwhile, domestic flight routes that carried passengers during 2021 recorded 34,942 movements, a decrease of 11% when compared to domestic aircraft movements in 2020 which reached 39,259 movements.

“In other words, the occupancy rate of aircraft in 2021 will carry more passengers than the previous year,” he said.

Herry Sikado explained, slowly during 2021, passenger traffic on domestic routes began to increase, this can be seen in the first six months of 2021 as many as 1,670,949 passengers then in the last six months of 2021 it reached 2,099,995 passengers with a percentage increase. 26%.

“We are optimistic that in 2022 this can be increased even more coupled with easier flight rules as the decline in the number of COVID-19 begins to improve,” he said.

Despite the increase in the number of passengers, AP I will continue to provide services according to health protocol standards and support the government in anticipating the spread of COVID-19 which is still hitting the world so that it has an impact on the aviation sector.

“We also continue to urge air transportation service users to continue to comply with health protocols and I thank you for giving the trust to continue using air transportation, especially at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport,” he said.

Herry Sikado added that his party also hopes that the International Terminal of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport can immediately operate normally again as before and be able to serve foreign tourists.

“All facilities and personnel are ready to work. We have also carried out a number of simulations for the convenience and safety of service users visiting the Island of the Gods, Bali,” he concluded. [antaranews/photo special]