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Foreigners arriving at Bali Airport. Credit ST.

ACCORDING to air traffic statistics at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, international arrivals from December 18 to December 24 rose from 10,605 passengers on December 18 to 12,346 passengers the next day, then followed 12,385, 13,679, 12,346, 15,000, and on Christmas Eve 14,274 passengers arrived.

Domestic arrivals kept rising during the same period, from 12,614 passengers on December 18 to 14,132 passengers to 17,383 passengers on December 24.

According to the Chief of Bali Tourism, AA Gede Yuniartha Putra, the number of the international arrivals exceeding 14,000 passengers is remarkable since the airport closed in late November.  Moreover, the number is not including the Chinese airlines that are still not flying to Bali.

Before the Mount Agung eruption, he stated that the average daily international arrivals to Bali was more or less 15,000 passengers. “So, this is a remarkable increase in arrivals to Bali especially considering the Chinese aren’t coming still,” he said to balipost.com. He said that they still cannot calculate which country had the most arrivals. “We will know that at the end of the month,” he said.


Meanwhile, the domestic arrivals to Gilimanuk Port were also increasing. Business Manager of Gilimanuk, Heru Wahyono, stated that the increase occurred since the start of the school holidays. Usually, on weekdays, the average of the passengers was only 18,000 passengers per day. The passengers on December 24-25 totaled 31,100 passengers, an increase of 1% from 2016.

He said that the traffic was dominated by buses and private vehicles. Right now the flow is still smooth and there are few queues at the port, but he predicted that queues will occur when they return from Bali.

To anticipate unwanted incidents, Jembrana Police assigned its officers to guard the western Bali entrance since Saturday, with an increase from 30 to 100 officers, including armed officers from C Detachment Mobil Brigade Corps of Polda Bali.

The Head of Polres Jembrana, AKBP Prianto Prito Hutomo, said to balipost.com that the addition of troops was needed to check vehicles, people, and cargo carefully, whether in or out from Bali.

 

 

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  • Stuart Beat
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    How’s the traffic out there?

    • Lisa Barron
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      Traffic is getting bad in patches – I rode to ubud and back from seminyak today !

  • Herling Untu W
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    Pretty bad but not as bad as usually

  • Garth Brown
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  • Garth Brown
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    This will help them come back

  • Stuart Beat
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    So what happened to all these tourists?

    • Paolo Bali
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      They’re in the cheap souvenirs warehouses in sunset road and on 20 usd/night hotels.

    • Herling Untu W
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      None existent. To many hotels and restaurants the little tourist that are here cant feed this monster it as become. Now there lowering the prices so not only we have become a monster but a cheap one on top of that. Some guy down the road is selling gelato for 1 dollar per scoop well thats going to help everyone? Iam kind of happy this is happening even it puts me in the shits hope those morons get a wake up call.

    • Ken J Wickes
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      Unfortunately it contiues to spiral downward like a partial clogged toilet. The less people that come, the more desperate they become and the worse the gouging, over charging, crime and corruption gets… It’s a viscous cycle that’s been going on for several years now, with a number of additional factors adding to the issue and speed at which it’s plummeting. With 2018 about to begin, are we going to make it one more spin around the toilet bowl? What’s the next contributing factor that’s going to impact us all… Bali starts sinking into the ocean like Jakarta due to the ground water being depleted… An earth quake and tsunami that cuts the island in half and buries the only airport… Starting to think its not if, but only a question of when.

    • Jason Stone
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      Ken J Wickes I read somewhere this week that incoming tourists at bali airport is only down 4% compared to this time last year. It was a government statement on one of its news articles. So where r they going of not in Kuta

    • Jason Stone
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      Herling Untu W not sure. They are loosing a lot of money so it doesn’t make sense to state that tourism is almost back on track again. Unless it’s to make others think it’s safe to come here

    • Herling Untu W
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      Jason Stone fake it until you make it and safe face while lying is a normal behavior here. I believe it would be better to say the truth and have people want to support us anyway. Instead of right out lies. I should be happy that my government is lying to help us recover quickly but a lie is a lie and i dont like it period.

    • Jason Stone
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      Herling Untu Wagreed

    • Stuart Beat
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      Haven’t seen a Jl Petitenget macet like today for a while

    • Paolo Bali
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      Some areas will be busy some will be not busy…overall numbers and money spent compared last year will be less

    • Adam Crispin
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      Its just taken over 1 1/4 hours to get from Canggu to the airport… not sure who it is but there’s more traffic than there’s been for a while for sure

    • Paolo Bali
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      And January February will be worse than usual…..be ready

    • Stuart Beat
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      Paolo Bali The Oracle has spoken

    • Jason Stone
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      The change in road direction again is also causing the traffic to be slower and seem busier

    • Jason Stone
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    • Stuart Beat
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      I believe that’s for NYE only mate

    • Paolo Bali
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      Stuart Beat its the hotel occupancy….statistics says that when is bad there is a chance of pick up 10% in the 4 weeks in normal condition….but when it’s below 50% it’s not good anyway.

    • Stuart Beat
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      Sorry Paolo,just kidding

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