The company will build a new international terminal and convert the airports current international terminal to a domestic terminal. The project will also include construction of a three-story parking lot capable of accommodating 1,500 cars. The terminal will also be equipped with a transit hotel to accommodate the passengers of cancelled flights. The airport’s domestic terminal is currently operating over capacity, accommodating 4.5 million passengers a year — three times its maximum load.

The airport’s terminals will span 190,000 square metres and be able to accommodate 20 million passengers a year after the expansion project is complete in 2013. “Currently around 11 million passengers a year arrive and depart through this airport, and the number keeps rising. That’s why we should complete the project as soon as possible,” Tommy said.

“If we don’t address the overcapacity problem it will affect safety and security,” he added.

Once the fourth phase is completed, the airport will be the first in Indonesia to have a barcode-driven automatic baggage handling system. Ngurah Rai’s new airport general manager, Purwanto, said the company would take preventative measures to reduce overcrowding at the airport during construction.

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Source: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, The Republic of Indonesia

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Ben Horvath

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