Praya, C Lombok (ANTARA) - No less than several thousand domestic spectators of the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, have returned home after watching the Pertamina Grand Prix of the Indonesia (MotoGP) racing event.

Several spectators of the Mandalika MotoGP had arrived at the departure terminal of the Lombok International Airport.

Some Pertamina Grand Prix spectators, however, had to stay in the airport area since accommodations, such as in hotels, were full.

"I slept at the airport last night. There were no empty inns," Ali, a visitor from Makassar, stated in Praya on Monday.

Ali and his friends had come to Lombok to watch the Pertamina Grand Prix event on Sunday morning. Ali stated that he would stay at the airport again, as his flight schedule was set for Tuesday.

"(We will) stay at the airport again. Let it be safe," he stated.

Meanwhile, Budikarya, another spectator, noted that he and his family would return to their hometown on Monday. During the MotoGP event, he stayed at a homestay priced at Rp500 thousand per night.

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Furthermore, a public relations staff of state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I Lombok International Airport, Arif Haryanto, explained that the number of Indonesian Grand Prix spectators returning home had peaked on Monday, March 21, and the number of passengers was estimated to reach 11 thousand per day.

"During the MotoGP event, the movement of arriving and departing passengers have reached 14 thousand, with the number of flights reaching 136 flights per day," Haryanto explained.

According to Haryanto, despite the increase in passenger mobility, there were still adequate facilities and waiting rooms that could accommodate up to 20 thousand passengers daily.

"There were no passengers (crowding) because the waiting rooms had been prepared adequately," he stated.

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