Bali Airport without flight slots exactly two weeks after international flights from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali reopened on October 14, 2021, there has not been a single international airline landing on the runway of Bali’s International Airport and not been a single airline that has proposed a flight time slot to the airport. This was announced Taufan Yudhistira, the Stakeholder Relations Manager of Bali Airport on Thursday (28/10/2021).
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Taufan said that the process of submitting an international flight slot time is carried out directly by airlines and the process is quite long because they also have to register with the IASM or Indonesia Airport Slot Management organization. Airlines must simultaneously submit a slot time application letter to the Ministry of Transportation, There are at least three agencies they need to write to from the Ministry of Transportation says Taufan. It would take at least 7-14 days from registering to getting approval to fly. If there are international airlines that apply for a slot time today, then at least they will only get approval and make flights at least a week after or seven days after the request.
While being asked about the preparations made by Bali Airport authority to welcome international passengers, Taufan said that his party is wel prepared and he also counting
on flights from Australia. The second largest tourist market for Bali, Australia is said to have lifted the ban on foreign travel for its citizens including to Indonesia from November 1, 2021. It will be interesting to see if this policy will immediately make Australian tourists the first to set foot at Ngurah Rai Airport.