Bali's Second Airport Will Be Built in Buleleng
Bali's second airport is announced to be built in Kubutambahan in Buleleng, follows lengthy speculation since the plan for a second airport in the northern Buleleng regency was first announced by then Tourism Minister Jero Wacik in 2010.
The new airport is intended to both spread development to the neglected north and east of Bali, and to relieve pressure on the island's crowded south.
Kubutambahan is around 15 kilometres east of the regency capital, Singaraja, and a coastal plot of land has reportedly been identified as the site.
However, there is still uncertainty over the source of funding for the project, with no firm announcement yet made despite rumours of involvement from an Indian investment group.
Speaking to local media this week, I Ketut Wija, of the provincial Economic and Development Department, said the original Indian investors had backed out of the project, but that other investors had been lined up.
The project is set to increase the airport's handling capacity from 9 million passengers a year to 25 million.
With an estimated cost of Rp2.7 trillion Bali's existing airport at Tuban is currently undergoing renovation and expansion ahead of next year's WTO and APEC summit.
The World Trade Organisation inter-ministerial conference itself slated to be held here in December 2013. The announcement was made during a WTO meeting in Geneva last month. WTO spokeswoman Elin Johansen said that the Indonesian authorities had approached the organisation with an offer to host the event.
She said the precise dates for the meeting would be fixed later this year. The WTO ministerial conference is held every two years, and was last held in Geneva.
The event will come after the APEC conference, due to be held in Bali next year, with current infrastructure improvements in road and airport facilities being timetabled around the event.