The Busy Bali Airport: More Tourists Coming In Than Locals Going Out

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The General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Handy Heryudhitiawan, has disclosed that an influx of domestic tourists is expected to enter Bali during the Eid homecoming season in 2024, outnumbering the locals leaving the island. Handy made these remarks during a press conference in the Badung Regency on Thursday (4/4/2024), highlighting the anticipated trend from 3-10 April.

Based on comprehensive ticket booking data from all airlines and the previous year’s statistics for the same period, Handy has projected the entry and departure of approximately 1,012,005 passengers in Bali during the homecoming and return traffic. Notably, 473,008 of these passengers are expected to arrive from domestic routes.

In emphasizing the uniqueness of Bali, Handy noted that the island experiences a population influx of around 3,000 during Eid, contrary to the typical trend of migrants returning to their hometowns during the homecoming period. He further observed the consistent influx of domestic tourists during other festive periods such as Christmas and New Year’s.

To accommodate the expected surge in passengers, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport has arranged for an additional 282 domestic flights from five airlines. The occupancy of these flights is expected to be at maximum capacity, as airlines would not request additional flights with empty seats from Bali to other destinations.

The most sought-after routes during the Eid season include Cengkareng Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Solo, Yogyakarta, and Lombok, indicating a consistent demand for outbound routes from Bali among homecomers.

Furthermore, the airport’s projections suggest a peak in passenger density on Sunday, 7 April, with an estimated 68,765 passengers. This peak is attributed to the combined influx of domestic tourists and the departure of locals, indicating equal demand during the homecoming flow.


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