Representatives from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, has stated that 482 domestic and international flight schedules will not operate on Saturday, March 17. The airport would remain closed for 24 hours in honor of Nyepi.
“The airport closure has already been known to all the airlines in the world, and we have been coordinating intensively with the airlines,” General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Yanus Suprayogi, noted on Wednesday.
Flights will not operate for 24 hours starting from Saturday March 17 at 06.00 a.m. local time to Sunday March 18 at 06.00 a.m. local time.
The flights include 244 domestic and 238 international flights, with the most flight routes to Cengkareng in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Perth, and Surabaya.
“The airlines have adjusted their schedule during the airport closing period,” Yanus remarked.
Although the airport would remain closed for 24 hours, it will still operate in case of an emergency.
Meanwhile, on Nyepi Day, airport managers will have 368 personnel on standby at the airport to anticipate emergencies, such as emergency landing or medical evacuations.
“We are also supported by Airnav, Immigration, Customs, Port Health, Ngurah Rai Air Force, Ngurah Rai Air Area Police, airline, and ground handling,” he added.
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