Badung, Bali (ANTARA) - The number of domestic and international passengers at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport rose significantly in July, 2020 compared to May and June, with the airport serving 80,586 passengers on 1,381 flights.

Of the total passengers in July, 77,245 boarded 1,282 domestic flights and 3,341 passengers took 99 international flights, Herry AY Sikado, general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero)'s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport office, said in a statement here on Tuesday.

In comparison, the airport served 8,829 passengers and 322 flights in May and 19,816 passengers and 545 flights in June this year.

The sharp increase in travelers was triggered by a circular issued by the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response in Bali Province No. 305 / GUGASCOVID19 / VI / 2020, which came into effect on 5 July, 2020, officials said.

As per the letter, prospective domestic passengers intending to travel to Bali by air can use a PCR test certificate with a negative test result or a rapid test result certificate with a non-reactive result.

“The terminal capacity is currently functioning at 50 percent, up from the previous 35 percent of the maximum capacity. This is to anticipate an increase in the number of passengers and to avoid accumulation and queues of passengers at the terminal,” Sikado said.

The I Gusti International Airport has installed an ultraviolet light (UV) based disinfection device on every escalator and baggage claim facility. With this device, the escalator handles and luggage are automatically disinfected, thereby minimizing the potential for the spread of the virus.

The current Ngurah Rai airport manager has also enabled a touch-less tollgate so that users entering the airport on four-wheeled vehicles do not need to touch the ticket button. This feature is expected to minimize contact with frequently touched surfaces. (INE)

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