Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will be undergoing gradual servicing of its runway, a process that is estimated to take up a total period of three years. The announcement was made by the airport’s new General Manager, Yanus Suprayogi who told media that the asphalt on the runaway needs to be thickened, but the process can only be done incrementally.
“It takes three years because we cannot just halt airport operations,” Suprayogi explained, as quoted by Antara Bali.
The decision for the upgrade was made when the airport had to be briefly closed for runway maintenance in May this year, disrupting 80 flights, while additional runway patching forced a flight to Bali to circle around the island for some time before it received clearance for landing.
Suprayogi says there’s also a development plan in the works for aircraft parking to accommodate more fleets.