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I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport

Bandar Udara Internasional I Gusti Ngurah Rai
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Airport typePublic
OperatorAngkasa Pura Airports
ServesDenpasar, Gianyar and Badung Regencies
LocationTuban, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates08°44′53″S 115°10′03″E / 8.74806°S 115.16750°E / -8.74806; 115.16750Coordinates: 08°44′53″S 115°10′03″E / 8.74806°S 115.16750°E / -8.74806; 115.16750
DPS/WADD is located in Badung Regency
Location in Badung Regency
DPS/WADD is located in Bali
Location in Bali
DPS/WADD is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
DPS/WADD is located in Southeast Asia
DPS/WADD (Southeast Asia)
DPS/WADD is located in Asia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers23,779,178 (Increase 13.0%)
Aircraft movements162,623 (Increase 11.1%)

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional I Gusti Ngurah Rai) (IATA: DPS, ICAO: WADD), is the main airport in Bali, located 13 km south of Denpasar. Ngurah Rai is the second busiest airport in Indonesia after Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. In 2018, the airport served 23,779,178 passengers.[1] The airport has category IX and is capable of serving wide-body aircraft including the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380.[2]

Airport Council International has awarded Ngurah Rai International Airport as the world's third best airport (with 15-25 million passengers each year) in 2016 based on their services.[3]

The airport is named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, a Balinese hero who died on 20 November 1946 in a puputan (fight to the death) against the Dutch at Marga in Tabanan, where the Dutch defeated his company with air support, killing Ngurah Rai and 95 others during the Indonesian Revolution in 1946.[4]


The airport is located in Tuban between Kuta and Jimbaran and is close to the tourist locations of The capital of Bali, Denpasar, is located nearby.


A Dutch DC-3 Dakota at Kuta airfield in 1949

The Pelabuhan Udara Tuban, or Tuban airfield, was established in 1931 at the narrowest point on the southern coast of Bali. The airport was originally built as a simple 700 m long airstrip by the Dutch Colonial administration's Voor Verkeer en Waterstaats public works office.[5] When first established the site only had a few huts and a short grass runway. The northern end lay in the Tuban village graveyard and in the south it occupied previously vacant land. The location in this area of the island has subsequently facilitated arrivals and departures over the ocean with minimal noise and overflights intruding upon populated areas. The current airport has an east–west aligned runway and associated taxiway, with over 1,000 m of that runway's length projecting westward into the sea.

In 1942 the airstrip was in use to stage fighter and bomber operations and received bombing damage from Japanese forces. It was repaired using PSP pierced steel planking. The Japanese armed forces occupied Bali during the Second World War seizing the airport on 19 February 1942.[6] A poorly motivated garrison of 600 Dutch led Balinese militia deserted almost immediately as the Japanese invaded the island. Their Dutch commander was to learn that through a misunderstanding of his orders, Tuban airfield had not been destroyed by explosives as he had ordered. Apparently his order not to delay the demolition was misread by the demolition engineers at the airstrip who thought instead that he wanted the operation delayed. This confusion allowed the Japanese to take the airfield completely intact.[7] During the occupation period the Japanese made improvements to the runway at the airport. In the five years from 1942 to 1947 the length of the runway was extended to 1,200 m from the original 700 m.[6] Many Balinese identified the Japanese invaders as being potential liberators from the Dutch colonial authorities who were unpopular on the island. There was never a significant Japanese fighter squadron stationed in Denpasar although it was within the field of tactical air operations conducted from both Surabaya and Allied airbases in northern Australia. More so the taking of Tuban airfield and the island of Bali deprived the allied forces of a fighter staging field en route from Australia to defend Java. At the time the airport was still called Tuban Airfield, named after the local fishing village.

In 1949 a terminal building and other aviation facilities were constructed and a simple wooden flight control tower was erected. Aviation communication was by morse code transceiver.[6] In 1959 president Sukarno sought to further develop the airstrip. The new facilities were built as part of a $13 million (Rp 35 billion in 1959) renovation project.[5]

To allow jet aircraft such as the Douglas DC8 and the Boeing 707 to operate from Bali, it was necessary to extend the runway westward into the sea as any potential eastern extension of the runway was by now blocked by the expansion of the local fishing village. An international airport was developed with the decision by the Indonesia government to further develop and rebuild the terminal building and extend the existing airport runway westward by 1,200 m to a length of 2,700 m with two 100 m overruns. The project, which lasted from 1963 to 1969, was named Project Tuban Airport and was for preparation of Tuban Airport for international operations. Land reclamation to project the runway and the two overruns by 1,500 m was achieved by taking material from the limestone rocks at Ungasan and sand from the river Antosari–Tabanan. With the completion of the temporary terminal and runway project at the Tuban Airport, the government inaugurated international air service on 10 August 1966.[8]

To meet the ever-increasing number of passengers the terminal buildings were extended with construction of an international terminal building undertaken from 1965 to 1969. This added international facilities to the existing domestic passenger terminal. The new Ngurah Rai International Airport was inaugurated the on 1 August 1968 by the then Indonesian President Suharto as Pelabuhan Udara Internasional Ngurah Rai, or Ngurah Rai International Airport. The name came from I Gusti Ngurah Rai who was a significant national republican figure during the struggle for independence in Indonesia.[8]

Garuda Indonesia McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 at Ngurah-Rai Airport in 1980.

The current airport is named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, an Indonesian National Hero an Indonesian republican who died on 20 November 1946 in a puputan (fight to the death) against the Dutch at Marga in Tabanan where the Dutch defeated them with the aid of aircraft, killing Ngurah Rai and 95 others during the Indonesian Revolution in 1946.[4]

The earlier extension of the runway subsequently caused disruption of natural sand flow along the coast. By 1975 the anticipated rise in passenger volumes was already overburdening the older terminal and works were commenced on a new international passenger terminal, with completion in 1978. The old International Terminal was then converted into the now Domestic Terminal and the old Domestic Terminal was converted to use as the Cargo and Catering facilities building.

On 1 October 1980 based on the Government Decree No. 26 of 1980, the management of Ngurah Rai International Airport was passed over from the Directorate of Air Transportation to Perum Angkasa Pura. Since then the aviation facilities including the apron, the terminal and other buildings have been further developed by Perum Angkasa Pura. In 1986 by Government Decree No. 25 Perum Angkasa Pura changed name to become Perum Angkasa Pura I. The Indonesian term Pelabuhan Udara was changed into Bandar Udara based on the Transportations Ministerial Decision No.213/HK.207/Phb-85 on 1 September 1985. Commencing 1 October 1989 until 31 August 1992 further major airport improvement works were undertaken including a landing strip extension to 3,000 m, taxiway relocations, apron expansion, passenger and cargo building expansions and the further development of air navigational and aircraft fueling facilities. With the issuing of the Government Decree No. 5 of 1992 then Perum Angkasa Pura I was converted into a PT. (Persero) Angkasa Pura 1. Company activities include aviation facilities provisions and airport services. Project Phase II was carried out 10 February 1998 with planned completion June 2000.[9]

Garuda Indonesia Boeing 747-400 lands at Ngurah Rai Airport in 2005.

Development since the 2000s

View of the airport terminal building
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER at Ngurah Rai Airport.
The new terminal is a modern with Balinese traditional architecture mix and opened in 2014.
International check-in area
Garuda statue at the domestic terminal
Tourists at Kuta Beach near the airport watch a Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-500 approaching.

In 2000, the airport recorded 43,797 domestic and international flights, carrying 4,443,856 passengers.[5] By the end of April 2011, the airport's terminals handled 11.1 million passengers a year, exceeding its capacity of 8 million. PT Angkasa Pura I will relocate 35 guest houses to accommodate the expansion, which is expected to occupy up to 265.5 hectares of land for a new access road to the airport and a new airport building, the construction of a new flyover, enlarge airport terminal and improve luggage handling system.[10]

There have been several plans made seeking a solution to the expansion problems at Ngurah Rai International airport. There have been proposals to develop a north–south runway, but existing land use in the areas adjacent to the airport makes this idea unfeasible due to the considerable land purchase costs. A completely new airport was proposed to ease the airport' congestion due to the area surrounding the existing airport not supporting significant long-term expansion. A masterplan was announced for works at this airport for 2009–2011, which includes a new international terminal with 120,000 square meters in area to be built and the existing international terminal with area of 56.000 square meters will be renovated for use as a new domestic terminal. The new international terminal opened in November 2013, while the domestic terminal opened on 17 September 2014 with an area of 65,800 square meters, eight departure and seven arrival gates, five passenger boarding bridges, five conveyor belts, as well as more number of counters — 62 for check-in, 4 for transit and 19 for ticketing.[11] And can accommodate 25 million passengers a year until 2025.[12][13] This provided land for building a new horseshoe shaped building for 17 passenger aircraft parking at the east area on the former domestic terminal. The plan also incorporated a runway extension to 3,600 m. Currently airplanes up to the size of Boeing 747-400, Boeing 747-8, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-10, and Airbus A350-1000 can use the airport. Although Ngurah Rai International Airport already has a parking slot for the Airbus A380, some taxiway turns are still being widened to accommodate the superjumbo jet.[14]

In 2005 the Transportation Security Administration of the United States of America determined that the airport was not meeting the security standards of the International Civil Aviation Administration;[15] however, this warning was lifted in 2007.[16] Currently around 800 of the total employees at Ngurah Rai are security personnel.[17]


The master plan was originally proposed prior to the tourism downturn in Bali following the two bombing incidents. The airport and Bali's economy, which are almost exclusively dependent on tourism suffered considerably from the decline in tourists. Since these proposals were originally made the tourism sector has experienced a gradual recovery and a new international airport has been built on the nearby island of Lombok to the east of Bali. The new Lombok International Airport was first announced in 2005. A stage one completed runway of 2,750 m opened on 1 October 2011 and a proposed stage 2 development of 4,000 m is planned for the new facility. It is anticipated that some of the requirement for expansion of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport will be mitigated with the opening of the new facility in Lombok. Lombok is approximately 25 mins away by air from Ngurah Rai International Airport.[18]

Plans to expand the international and domestic terminals at Ngurah Rai International Airport were announced in September 2008 with estimated costs of up to Rp 1 trillion (US$110.10 million) and a 2011 planned completion date. The total area of the domestic and international terminals was to be increased from 83,000 m2 to about 200,000 m2, with 130,000 m2 provided for the international terminal and 70,000sq m for the domestic terminal.[19] In December 2008, the operating company announced that the expansion works at Tuban would begin in early 2009.

Airport Facilities Development and Flight Safety (FBUKP) Phase III for Ngurah Rai International Airport includes the terminal building, a multi story car parking building, and apron. The plan involves developing the site of the current domestic terminal which will be used as a new 120,000 m2 international terminal with the existing international terminal being converted into the new domestic terminal. It is projected that subsequent to these plans being completed Ngurah Rai International Airport will be able to accommodate up to 25 million passengers per annum.[12]

The planned airport buildings were described as a blend contemporary and Balinese traditional architectural elements as required by provincial bylaw No 5/2005 on building designs.

In October 2010 it was reported that the new terminal will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year by 2020 and up to 30 million passengers per year by 2030.[5]

In November 2010 the government allocated Rp 1.9 trillion to realise the terminal improvement plan. Plans are for the work to be completed prior to the expected demands of the 2013 APEC Summit. Rp 3.5 trillion funding was announced for the combined airport and the previously planned connecting toll road projects, with Rp 1.9 trillion allocated to the airport. May 2013 was set as the deadline for both projects.[20]

Angkasa Pura I planned to demolish 143 houses in the complex currently occupied by its employees by February 2011[needs update]. Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) said the toll road project was going to require the reclamation of around 100 m2 of existing mangrove forest.[21]

The first construction stage will initial on 1 September 2011[needs update] which enable the airport to accommodate up to 25 million passengers a year or twice its current capacity. The project will also add Visa on Arrival counters from the existing 7 to 35 and Immigration counters from the present 12 to 20. The airport will also use a state-of-the-art security and baggage handling system as the first airport in Indonesia use it.[22]

New airport

With about 12 to 15 per cent passengers growth annually, the airport will reach 20 million passengers per annum in 2017, which is the current airport's full capacity. Lengthening the existing runway is not possible either due to the densely populated areas adjacent to the airport, or environmental concerns regarding land reclamation. A site for a new, larger airport with two runways has been identified in the northern part of Bali, in the eastern part of Buleleng Regency.

Terminals and facilities

The International terminal has a Balinese architectural theme and has separate departure and arrival halls. The departures area has 62 check-in counters that are equipped with electronic scales and luggage conveyors. Ten of the international gates have jet bridges and automated aircraft parking systems. The international departure lounge areas have a total capacity of 3,175 passengers.[23]

Open to the public on 17 September 2014, the new Domestic Terminal area is 65,800 square meter or four times larger than the old one. It can serve up to 9.4 million passengers a year, has 62 check in counters, four transit and transfer counters, 19 ticket counters, eight boarding gates and seven arrival gates which are provided by five aviobridges (garbarata) and 5 unit conveyor belts.[24]

The airport operates a fleet of buses to ferry passengers to and from aircraft operating low cost flights which do not use an airbridge. Domestic travelers and also some international travellers are often ferried to aircraft parked on the apron between the domestic terminal and the cargo terminal to the east of the International and Domestic terminals using these buses.

The terminal also has prayer rooms, smoking areas, showers and massage services. Various lounge areas are provided, some including children's play areas and cinemas, showing films, news, variety, entertainment and sport channels.

Because about 500 private jets and aircraft land at the airport every month, the airport authority has built an apron at the south of the airport with a special exit gate which can accommodate 14 narrow/small bodied airplanes.[25]

Ground transportation

Ngurah Rai International Airport is connected by highway via Bali Mandara Toll Road to Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Airlines and destinations

Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo[26]
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International
Air New Zealand Seasonal: Auckland
Batik Air Bangalore[27] Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Labuan Bajo,[28] Perth,[29] Samarinda,[28] Surabaya[30]
Batik Air Malaysia Adelaide,[31] Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur–International, Melbourne,[32] Sydney[33]
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Manila
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[34]
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Daxing, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou, Shenzhen
Citilink Balikpapan, Bandung, Banjarmasin, Banyuwangi, Jakarta–Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Makassar, Surabaya, Yogyakarta–International[35]
Charter: Nanjing, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Wuxi
Emirates Dubai–International
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Lombok, Surabaya, Singapore,[36] Sydney, Yogyakarta–International
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Indonesia AirAsia Balikpapan, Bandung, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kuala Lumpur–International, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Medan, Perth, Singapore, Solo, Surabaya, Yogyakarta–International[37]
Jetstar Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Jetstar Asia Singapore
KLM Amsterdam, Singapore
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Lion Air Bandung, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kupang, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Solo, Surabaya, Yogyakarta–International[28]
Charter: Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hong Kong, Jinan, Nanchang, Shenzhen, Tianjin,[38] Ürümqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhengzhou[39]
LOT Polish AirlinesSeasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Mahan AirSeasonal Charter: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International
NAM Air Alor, Bima, Dili,[40] Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Maumere, Surabaya, Tambolaka
Pelita Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Philippine Airlines Manila
Philippines AirAsia Manila
Qantas Melbourne,[41] Sydney
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Airlines St. Petersburg
Scoot Singapore
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Sriwijaya Air Makassar
Super Air Jet Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang[42]
TransNusa Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[43]
VietJet Air Hanoi,[44] Ho Chi Minh City[45]
Vietnam Airlines Ho Chi Minh City[46]
Virgin Australia Adelaide (resumes December 14 2022),[47] Brisbane, Gold Coast (begins 29 March 2023),[48] Melbourne,[49] Sydney
Wings Air Bima, Ende, Kupang, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Malang, Maumere, Semarang, Solo, Tambolaka, Waingapu
XiamenAir Xiamen

Accidents and incidents

Year Date Event Casualties
1974 22 April Pan Am Flight 812, a Boeing 707, crashed into a mountain while preparing for final approach. All 107 passengers and crew were killed.[50]
1978 5 October Douglas C-47A PK-NDI of Merpati Nusantara Airlines caught fire whilst parked and was destroyed.[51]
2004 October Australian citizen was caught carrying drugs by airport police. She claimed that she had no knowledge of this and was sentenced to death but was released[52]
2013 13 April Lion Air Flight 904 with 101 passengers and 7 crew members aboard undershot the runway while landing and ditched in the open sea. The airplane was arriving from Bandung, West Java.[53][54] All 101 passengers and 7 crew survived. 22 were injured.


Ngurah Rai International Airport passenger totals (millions)
Source: List of the busiest airports in Indonesia

The following table shows total passenger numbers.

Year Passengers
2008 8,470,566
2009 9,621,714
2010 11,120,171
2011 12,771,874
2012 14,188,694
2013 15,630,839
2014 17,271,415
2015 17,108,387
2016 19,986,415
2017 21,052,592
2018 23,779,178


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