"The number of passengers has continued to increase all the time and we hope they would push up the target of tourist arrivals," the airport`s general manager, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Yanus Suprayogi, said here on Thursday.
This means that the airport served an average of 1.95 million passengers per month, 64,300 passengers per day, or 3,388 per hour during the period of time.
Nearly 4.1 million of the 15.6 million passengers were foreign nationals or tourists, he said.
The figure represented a 6.61 percent increase compared to 3.8 million in the same period last year.
The number of foreign tourists in the first eight months made up almost 62 percent of the target of tourist arrivals in Bali for this year at 6.27 million.
Nearly 23.1 percent of foreign tourists came from China, 18.6 percent from Australia, 5.9 percent from India, 4.4 percent from Britain and (4.1 percent from Japan.
The other top ten sources of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali are the United States, France, Malaysia, Germany and South Korea.
Reporting by Dewa Wiguna
Editing by Suharto,Fardah Assegaf