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Indonesian government freezes 61 more flight permits The Indonesian government froze 61 more flight permits of five airline companies on Friday. "Based an audit results, 61 flight permits were issued to five airline companies, which have been found violating license regulations set by the government," Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan announced during a press conference.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2015 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali provides 24-hour medics in anticipation of ebola The health office of Bali Province has provided a round-the-clock medical team in Ngurah Rai International Airport to anticipate the possibility of Ebola virus transmission coming from the passengers, an official said here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 11 August 2014 19:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Drunken passengers wonít be boarded in Bali The State News Agency Antara reports that the managers of Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport are implementing steps to enhance security and supplement personnel following an ďunlawful incidentĒ initially reported as the hijacking on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 28 April 2014 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists advised not to visit Bali during Day of Seclusion Foreign tourists are advised not to visit Bali during the Hindu Day of Seclusion on March 31, 2014, a regional government official said.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2014 11:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud's eruption is force majeure The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 13:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ngurah Rai customs reveal narcotics smuggling from Africa The customs officials at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, revealed that a consignment of 1,540 grams of methamphetamine was smuggled in by a 58-year-old South African Stephen Henri Lubbe.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 February 2014 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 airports in Indonesia closed due to Mount Kelud eruption Seven airports on the Indonesian island of Java have been closed due to the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, on Thursday night. "Seven airports have been temporarily closed due to Mount Keluds eruption," Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Herry Bakti stated here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby finally walks free under parole after years in jail Schapelle Leigh Corby, finally walked free under a parole on Monday morning from her jail in Bali where she had spent two third of her prison term for drug smuggling. Corby,36, from Queensland, Australia, walked out of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar at 08.00 western local time under heavy police guard .

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2014 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane fails to land at El Tari Airport On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions.

Posted in Weather @ 21 January 2014 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Last year's Jakarta floods worse than this month's The floods that hit Jakarta and surrounding areas early last year were worse than the current floods in the capital city and its buffer zone areas, stated a disaster mitigation official.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2014 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of† PT Angkasa Pura I †who†manage of Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New Bali airport terminal in use The renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali when completed will be able to handle a yearly flow of 16 million passengers, more than doubling its former estimated capacity of 7.7 million.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


President officially opens Bali toll road President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially opened the 12.7-km Bali toll road, spanning across Benoa Bay, at 4 pm local time on Monday. Apart from pressing a button to mark the official opening of the toll road, the president was the first person to pay the toll fare using the e-toll card.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2013 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali airport renovation not completed yet for APEC Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has expressed his disappointment over delays in completion and handover of the renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 26 August 2013 03:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian citizen jailed for smuggling heroin The District Court of Denpasar, Bali, sentenced Malasyian citizen Sargunan M Suppiah (37) to 12 years in jail here on Monday for smuggling 372 grams of heroin to Bali. Unlike others he did not swallow the illegal stuff or put it in his luggage to hide it from inspection but he hid it in his underwear.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 July 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Urine tests of a crashed plane`s pilot and co-pilot negative Urine and blood tests of Lion Air`s pilot and co-pilot whose plane landed in shallow water before reaching the runway of Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar, Bali, last Saturday (April 13), showed negative results, official said.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 April 2013 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight passengers still treated in hospitals Eight passengers of a Lion Air jet that crashed upon landing at Bali`s Ngurah Rai airport on Saturday are still being treated at several hospitals on the island.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 April 2013 14:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigators dispatched to Lion Air crash site The National Transportation Safety Committee has dispatched five investigators to investigate the cause of the Lion Air crash at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, on Saturday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 April 2013 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali regional government becomes toll road shareholder The provincial government of Bali has formally become a shareholder in PT Jasa Marga Tol Ė the operator of the new toll road set to soon connect Benoa Ė Ngurah Rai Airport Ė Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian man arrested with heroin in his underwear Sargunan M. Suppiah (37), a Malaysian national, has been arrested by Customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport carrying 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear. The drugs have a calculated street value of Rp. 855 million (US$87,200).

Posted in Drugs @ 12 January 2013 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor charged over 55-year swamp lease The Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI) have formally charged Baliís Governor Made Magnus Pastika before the State Administrative Court (PTUN) in connection with the 55-year lease given to a private company to manage the Tahura Mangrove Forest Area (Tahura) in South Bali.

Posted in Environment @ 05 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic tourists flood Bali over year-end holidays Tens of thousands of domestic tourists are descending on Bali over the current Christmas and New Years holiday. Until January 5, 2013 Bali will see a total of 76 additional flights landing during the holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 December 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism growth for Bali expected to moderate As reported by The Jakarta Post, Bali is targeting 3.1 million foreign tourist visitors in 2013, based on the belief that improvements in the islandís infrastructure will add to the islandís appeal.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 December 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian company to exploit commercial areas on Ngurah Rai The Hindu Business Line reports that the GVK Group, an Indian company listed on that countryís stock exchange, has finalized an agreement for the operation, management and development of commercial facilities at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Economy @ 10 November 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian busted for smuggling drugs into Bali A 30-year-old Russian faces the possibility of 11 years in prison for trying to smuggle one kilogram of methamphetamine into Bali concealed in capsules inside his alimentary tract.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 October 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa Ė Ngurah Rai Airport Ė Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga: 'Bali toll road can not be halted' The spokesman for PT Jasa Marga Ė the consortium building the new Benoa Ė Ngurah Rai Ė Nusa Dua toll way has compared the road network in Bali to a patient suffering from coronary disease.

Posted in Economy @ 18 September 2012 10:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sees 19.89 percent increase in VoA Bali province enjoyed an increase of 19.89 percent in visa on arrival (VoA) from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2012, and its tourism revenue reached US$14.4 million, from US$14.3 million during the same period last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt remains committed to fighting narcotics The chief of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), Commissioner General Gories Mere, said the government would never tolerate narcotics crimes and would always support fight against them.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Uganda national detained for smuggling crystal meth The customs and excise officers at Ngurah Rai International Airport have arrested a Ugandan man, Bashir Gadafi Palikoko, for attempting to smuggle one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the country, according to an official.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 June 2012 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs foils smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine The customs office of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali foiled the smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine by a British national, Lindsay June Sandiford.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nigerian drug trafficker gets seven year jail sentence The Denpasar District Court sentenced Osita Emmanuel Obumneme, 27, a Nigerian national involved in an international drug smuggling syndicate, to seven years` imprisonment.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 11:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President cuts Corby`s sentence by five years President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has cut the sentence of Australian drugs convict Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years, Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi confirmed here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Indonesian fishermen repatriated from Timor Leste The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has negotiated the repatriation of six fishermen from Sinjai, South Sulawesi and Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), who had earlier been captured by the Timor Leste`s Navy.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 01:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian teacher faces death penalty for drug smuggling A female Indonesian teacher who was arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali late last year could face the death penalty after smuggling drugs with a street value of around $1 million, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2012 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 654,000 tourists visit Indonesia in November 2011 More than 654.900 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in November 2011, up 13.28 percent from 578.200 in November 2010, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said. Compared to October 2011, the number of tourist arrivals in November 2011 fell slightly by 0.16 percent, acting BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 January 2012 05:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays expected during ASEAN and East Asia summits During the ASEAN and East Asia Summit to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali November 17-19, 2011, passengers arriving or departing Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport may expect frequent delays.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2011 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President to inspect ASEAN summit preparations again President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will go to Bali on Tuesday to inspect preparations for the 19th ASEAN Summit and other meetings associated with it, one of his spokesmen said here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2011 12:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to construct first Bali toll road PT Jasa Marga has plans to construct the first toll road on the island of Bali. This toll road, with a planned length of 11 kilometers, will partially be constructed above the sea to ease traffic in the area between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman arrested for smuggling methamphetamine The Customs and Excise officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai airport have arrested an Indonesian woman carrying 3.755 kilograms of methamphetamine. Theresa Avilla Tanti Siwi (39) arrived in Bali on board Qatar Airways Flight 638 on Monday, October 10 on a trip that started in Nairobi, Kenya.

Posted in Drugs @ 21 October 2011 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opening another brand new hotel in Kuta Best Western International will soon be offering visitors to Bali the choice of a delightful new hotel, when Best Western Kuta Seaview opens in the popular tourist destination of Kuta.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2011 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French embassy staff member arrested with cocaine A 52-year-old woman, identifying herself as an employee of the French Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, was apprehended by customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport on Saturday, July 2, 2011 trying to conceal 3.17 grams of cocaine in mouth.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 July 2011 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism service: 'Bali also needs a toll road' Bisnis Bali suggest that plans now being discussed to build a second international airport in Bali's north are certain to confront many impediments, not least of which will be connected with a lack of adequate infrastructure.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2011 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali traffic jams endanger tourism Bali Tourism leaders are warning that tourist may eventually abandon Bali unless urgent action is taken to resolve the island's worsening traffic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 February 2011 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bromo ash cloud halts Bali international flights At least 13 international flights scheduled to arrive and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, have been canceled after volcanic ash from Mount Bromo infiltrated Denpasar's airspace Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 January 2011 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A second international airport for Bali? The Indonesian Ministry of Transport is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deploys 8,000 policemen to safeguard Christmas festivities Bali Deputy Police Chief Komang Udayana on Thursday announced that 8,000 police officers were deployed to safeguard Christmas and New Year's eve festivities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2010 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai smuggler caught after swallowing 1,200 ecstasy pills Authorities have arrested a Thai woman after she tried to enter the Indonesian resort island of Bali with approximately 1,200 ecstasy pills, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 December 2010 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Japanese citizens arrested for drug smuggling in Bali Indonesian authorities arrested two foreigners, one British and one Japanese, as well as one national for smuggling drugs into the country at island beach resort, Bali, local authorities said Monday. The three could face possible execution.

-Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia, 39, a from the United Kingdom, was arrested after arriving on a Qatar Airways flight at around 8 p.m. local time. He was carrying 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, which was hidden in the lining of his suitcase, airport official Bagus Endro Wibowo explained.

-The drugs, officials said, were worth around 9.5 billion rupiah ($1.07 million).

-After his arrest at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, local authorities questioned Garcia, and according to his statements, he revealed the identities two accomplices.

-As a result, officials subsequently arrested Yan Zacharia Santosa, 31, from Jakarta, who was staying in Bali at the moment and was reportedly supposed to receive the drugs and later distribute them.

-Morita Yuki, 35, from Japan, was also arrested after arriving later in the evening from Bangkok, Thailand. He was carrying 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of hashish in his suitcase, which was calculated to be worth around 3.5 billion rupiah ($395,500).

-All three suspects will be handed over to the Bali Police's Narcotics Division where they will be facing the country's harsh anti-drug policies.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2010 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs destroy illegal alcohol cache Bali's Customs Office bulldozed 2,824 bottles of contraband alcohol on Friday, May 6, 2010, in the parking lot of their Bali Ngurah Rai Airport offices. The bottles of wine and hard liquor were estimated to have a value of Rp. 600 million (US$ 65,200) were seized in a number of raids conducted by Bali Customs Officers in 2009 and 2010 on illegal caches of booze not bearing official duty stamps.

Posted in Crime @ 12 May 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali wants a share in visa on arrival fees Beritabali.com says that the provincial government of Bali is demanding a share of the income the national government collects through the sale of visa-on-arrivals purchased at the island's Ngurah Rai International Airport. At present all funds collected for visas are remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 April 2010 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Two Malaysians likely to face death penalty Two Malaysians accused of acting as couriers trying to smuggle narcotics into Indonesia now face the very real possibility of death before a firing squad. Boo Guan Teik (46) and Chang Cheng Weng (39), who were apprehended by Custom's officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport have been formally charged by prosecutors.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 March 2010 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magazine: 'Bali airport one of the ugliest' It will not come a surprise to anyone who has travelled through Baliís Ngurah Rai airport that Travel and Leisure magazine has named it one of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World". The magazine's Karrie Jacobs contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of its way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airportĒ.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coffee, tea or a 30-day visa? After several false starts, Garuda Indonesia has formally introduced visa on board immigration processing on their flights from Japan, effective February 1, 2010. According to Beritabali.com, South Korean and Australia are being eyed as candidates for the new visa service.

Posted in Travel @ 08 February 2010 00:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five Indonesian airports set for open skies Bisnis.com reports that the Ministry of Transportation will soon designate five airports as participants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "open skies" program commencing from 2013.

Posted in Travel @ 23 January 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian woman arrested with crystal meth and pills New Years Eve brought a nice little surprise from Malaysia for the customs at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on Bali. The 26-year-old Malaysian Phoon Yue Chin was arrested there because she had illegal narcotics with her when she arrived on the paradise island. She came alone and did not bring any luggage outside her hand bag, which was checked by customs straight away.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2010 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Strong bookings for KLM's Amsterdam to Bali service On Monday evening, December 7, 2009, flight KLM 835 touched down at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, marking the resumption of an air bridge abandoned by KLM twelve years ago.

Posted in Travel @ 16 December 2009 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air plane breaks down on landing strip A Batavia Air plane on the route Denpasar - Surabaya broke down at the landing strip of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali earlier today. Technical failure struck the plane when it was heating up the engines for departure. Four passengers or crew were injured in the incident when they exited the plane by emergency procedure. The plane is slightly damaged.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 December 2009 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourists robbed by airport staff Staff at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali again have found a way to extort money for unknowing tourist that are leaving for home. This time it's fake tax duties that are filling up pockets of crooked employees at the airport. Where Indonesia does not see internet as a way to advertise, Australians know how this works and use email to tell others their story.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali international airport to be expanded The expansion of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the island of Bali will start early next year. Both the domestic as well as the international passenger terminals will be extended, and supporting facilities like parking lots will be upgraded.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Jakarta after heavy rainstorms Heavy rainstorms have hit the greater Jakarta area overnight. Rain started to fall down from around 20.00 local time yesterday evening and did not stop until the early hours of today. Rain of this intensity and length is rare, since it is in the middle of the dry season in the area. The heavy rains caused some streets to flood immediately.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2009 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Airport: where does the money go to? While Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport is the focus of much criticism concerning poor management, over-commercialization and appalling service, the managers of the airport recently presented ďthe other side of the storyĒ detailing the many financial contributions made by the airportís operation to the local economy.

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2009 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption with visa-on-arrival at Bali airport DenPost reports that 44 immigration officials are now being examined by the Anti-Corruption Board (KPK) in connection with the suspected embezzlement of Rp. 3 billion (US$294,000) by immigration officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The alleged corruption reportedly occurred between the months of October 2008 and May 2009 in the under-reporting of funds received from visa on arrival sales.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 July 2009 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government's response to the H1N1 virus praised BisnisBali quotes the Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), I. B. Ngurah Wijaya, as praising the government's quick and efficient handling of the suspected H1N1 Virus case involving a Dutch tourist landing at Bali's airport on May 10, 2009. Said Wijaya: "I think the way in which officials handled the case was excellent. I only hope that such preparedness on the part of the government is not limited to instances in which there is 'case'."

Posted in Health @ 17 May 2009 04:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist on Bali suspected of having Mexican Flu A Dutch tourist which just arrived on the international airport of Ngurah Rai, on the resort island of Bali, has been brought to the Sanglah general hospital. It is suspected that the passenger has been infected with the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus. Michele van Dorsen has been put in isolation.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 11 May 2009 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strict health checks on arrival for tourists on Bali Checks on foreign tourists arriving at Ngurah Rai international airport at the resort island of Bali has been tightened. Every arriving passenger is asked to report about their own health by filling in a form from the Department of Health. Passengers are positive about the checks, but think that the yellow cards from the department should be more simple.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 May 2009 13:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


February 2009 arrivals to Bali down 10 percent Final arrival figures through the end of February 2009 are now in hand from immigration authorities at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport that confirm that while Bali is enjoying a record strong start to 2009, it may also be sitting at the crest of a cimminent downturn. January-February arrivals totaled 304,013 - a 3.05% improvement over the same two months in 2008 (295,025).

Posted in Tourism @ 13 April 2009 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Bali airport confirmed Jakarta Post reports that Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has now confirmed that Bali will move ahead with plans to build a second airport near its northern shore. This announcement came after an order from Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla decreeing that the expansion of Bali's current airport in Tuban must move ahead and be completed by 2011.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo officials suspected of smuggling sea shells 16 boxes about to be boarded on a departing Qantas flight were intercepted by local authorities who found thousands of rare shells hidden among local handicrafts and textiles. Authorities estimate the value of the protected sea shells to be in the hundreds of millions of Rupiahs.

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2008 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 additional flights during Lebaran holidays The Lebaran Holiday period, which stretches for more than two weeks in the periods prior and post the Idul Fitri celebrations on October 1-2, 2008, will be the busiest travel period of the entire year in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

Posted in Ramadan @ 27 September 2008 06:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore Airlines launches its fourth daily flight to Denpasar In a ceremony attended by officials of Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, the press, representatives of local tourism organizations and Bali government officials - the first arrival of Singapore Airlines' fourth daily flight was celebrated at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday, August 1, 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 August 2008 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysians run into massive bureaucracy for toll road construction Initial approaches by a group of Malaysian investors to build a number of toll road projects in Bali may have come to a sudden halt due to regulatory and bureaucratic restrictions. Tempo Interaktif reports that the plan of Malaysia Datuk Khalid, the husband of singing star Siti Nurhaliza, to build and operate toll roads connecting Sanur beach - Tanjung Benoa and Ngurah Rai Airport - Nusa Dua has run afoul due to procedural rules governing such a project.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2008 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Malaysian investors ready to build Bali toll road Gridcomm Shd. Bhd. and Isyoda Corporation Berhad, two investors from Malaysia have offered to build the toll road between Denpasar and Nusa Dua with a value of some 4.1 trillion Rupiah (286 million euro). Head of a regional government institution said that there was a big need for this toll road, which should be build to ease the traffic congestion in the area, mainly around the international airport of the island.

Posted in Economy @ 12 June 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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