18 May 2016

New airport in North Bali

Bali’s Governor Made Pastika is expected to soon issue a recommendation supporting a Canadian company seeking to build an airport in the North Bali regency of Buleleng. Bali already received a detailed plan from Airport Kinesis Canada (AKC) which is the most serious proposal. They have conducted a long-term survey and are now awaiting supporting recommendations from the provincial government and the regency. These recommendations are one of the requirements needed by the Ministry of Transportation. AKC has completed a pre-feasibility study for the development of an airport at Kubutambahan in the Regency of Buleleng. With a supporting recommendation from the Province of Bali it is expected that AKC will undertake a more detailed plan for what would become Bali’s second international airport.The Province of Bali is hopeful that the proposed Airport of the North could be funded by the private sector, as Central Government funding is no longer considered possible as national priorities are now focussed on development in Eastern Indonesia and border areas. With estimates for developing the new airport put at Rp. 30 trillion, the Provincial Government of Bali views such a cost as outside the limits of Bali’s funding capabilities. AKC has presented a plan for the airport – nominated to be called the Dwijendra International Airport – to be built on reclaimed land in an offshore location at Kubutambahan.

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