Busy days for Ngurah Rai Airport and Airnav Indonesia

Busy days for Ngurah Rai Airport  and Airnav Indonesia

Officers monitor and regulate aircraft movements in the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) tower of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, Monday (08/10/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Fikri Yusuf/ama)

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Denpasar branch of the Air Navigation Indonesia, Bali, is especially busy lately in arranging landing of aircraft carrying delegations to the week long annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Nusa Dua to end on Oct 14.

The air navigation has to minimize queuing in the air when the aircraft carrying heads of state or government to attend the meeting is landing or taking off at the International Airport of I Gusti Ngurah Rai.

"Commercial flight from Jakarta to Bali should time their departure with the arrival or departure of aircraft carrying VVIP at the Ngura Rai airport. We could do it with computerized coordination," Chief Executive of AirNav Indonesia Novie Riyanto here on Tuesday.

He said AirNav Indonesia would notify all airlines all over the world about the arrival and departure of heads of state or government to prevent commercial aircraft from having to wait hovering in the air wasting fuel.

It is a standard procedure that there would be a delay or blocking of the air space when there is an aircraft carrying a head of state or government landing or taking off. The blocking is 30 minutes before landing and 15 minuted after the landing or a total 45 minutes blocking, Novie said.

"We have to be able to minimize the delay by arranging the time of departures," he said.

With computerized coordination flight slot could be set automatically, he said.

I Gusti Ngurah Rai is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia with 460 landings and departures everyday.

With the IMF-WB annual meeting attended by 23 heads of state or governments, the airport is estimated to be 10-15 percent busier, Novie said.

The busiest days would be from Oct.9 to 12 when heads of state or governments are expected to arrive in Bali.

There are also an estimated 150 private jet aircraft to land in Bali carrying rich delegates or participant to the big meeting, but they would not be treated the same as VVIP.

There would be 80 officers to man the Denpasar branch of the Air Navigation Indonesia to navigate air traffic at Ngurah Rai for 24 hours a day.

Reporting by Dewa Wiguna
Editing by Otniel Tamindael

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