SBY checks airport readiness for APEC

SBY checks airport readiness for APEC

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday visited Ngurah Rai International Airport to ensure the airport's preparedness to welcome delegates to the APEC Summit next week.

Arriving at 4:30 p.m., the president was welcomed by Tommy Soetomo, president director of airport management company Angkasa Pura.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu was also present to accompany the president during the visit aimed at checking all the facilities in the newly renovated airport.

Construction of the international terminal, as well as its supporting facilities had been completed, Soetomo explained to the president.

Among the facilities are 96 check-in counters equipped with the Hold Baggage Screening system, 52 immigration counters at the departure and arrival terminals, and seven conveyor belts in the baggage claim area.

In addition to building the international terminal, Angkasa Pura also expanded the apron to 84,502.5 square meters to accommodate more aircraft, especially private jets that would be used by summit delegates.

Development in this area also included building the General Aviation Terminal, which will be specifically used for non-scheduled and chartered flights.

"During peak hours, this airport usually sees two large aircraft landing at the same time, carrying more than 800 passengers in total. We hope this will no longer be a problem with the expansion of the terminal and its additional counters and facilities," Soetomo said.

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