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Image: A very modern look new Bali airport. Credit:

Indonesian Transport Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, said that the location set of the new Bali international airport is still being researched. Sumadi said that his department was still investigating the social, cultural and surrounding area aspects of the project.

“We will start to build the airport after the research is complete,” he said to on Saturday.

It is already well known that Bali is looking to have another international airport additional to Ngurah Rai Airport and it has been said that it is going to be built off the Buleleng shore. It will be called New Bali International Airport/ Bandara Internasional Bali Baru (BIBU).

Related to the offshore location, Budi did not want to comment further, because he said he would like to wait until the location set research is complete. “I cannot comment right now because we still are researching it,” he said.

He ensured reporters that the new airport building review will be completed this year. “Yes, we will announce the findings this year because there was also another idea to build two runways on the south side of the island. We will make a comprehensive study,” he said.

The President Director of BIBU, I Made Mangku, said that if they set the location on land, they will have to relocate 33 temples, 121 heritage sites, roads, residences and the farming land. That’s why they set the location to approximately 19 kilometers on the east side of Buleleng capital. “We will face many problems if it is built on land.  That’s why we chose to build it offshore,” he said on Thursday.

Made also said that Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika already told him not to relocate productive rice fields, temples and heritage sites. The purpose of building the airport is to accommodate North Bali tourism and he continued, there are several tourism attractions in the north, such as Tulamben, Nusa Penida, West Bali National Park, and also access to Banyuwangi and Lombok.

Link. Article in ST from June, 2017 saying the project was going to begin in August, 2017.

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  • Ian Johansson

    Sumadi and his cronies should all be put in a bus and forced to drive from Ngurah Rai to Uluwatu and back fifty times!!

  • Lulu Kerr

    As if we need more money waisting on an airport. How about the roads, congested, do something, how about the rubbish and investing in a recycling plant here in. BLi and not send everything to Java, losing money for Bali, how about open Drains, yes, we still have them, how about lots of other bloody stuff instead of this again….what was the coast of the last airport 1.6 billion$ and that roof, no solar on the roof…what a mess.

    • Wouter van der Sluis

      Agree. But updating the infrastructure does not earn enough corruption money plus difficulties in the conversativ land laws.

  • Rick Yates

    This cartoon drawing is the only advancement of the new Buleleng airport since it was announced by Jero Wacik, minister of transport in SBY Gov during the 2009 be open in 2014. Unfortunately Wacik is now in jail for corruption. Quoted price 3 billion USD budget (27 Trillion RP) just waiting on private investors. The Jakarta and Buleleng governments had stated many times they are not paying for the new airport. Gajah Putih (white elephant).

  • louis fontanier

    Nusa Penida in the Noth of Bali ??? Oh yes ??

  • Rick Yates

    UPDATE;Coordinating minister for marine affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan announced yesterday 2 march 18 that the new reclaimed land or any airport in Buleleng will NOT get Gov approval, instead plan to extend existing airport and build second runway at Ngurah Rai .Sad day for corruptors in Singaraja, the goldmine is cancelled.

  • Paolo Bali

    second runaway in N.Rai???? the only place available is if they dig an underpass runaway!!!! LOL

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