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Welcome To Ngurah Rai International Airport  

by on Wednesday, 2 November 2011No Comment | 813 views

We have landed in Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali. On behalf of all crew, I am captain for this flight would like to say thank you and have a nice holiday.  After warm welcome from the pilot, you will straightly take your luggage and leave this airport which was the air base in Bali for both Dutch and Japanese Army.

Bali Island’s airport was built by Voor Verkeer en Waterstaats, a Dutch Public Work and Government Service in 1930. This airport which had 700 meter runway and was built on cemetery land was named Airstip South Bali. However locals called it Tuban Airport since Airstip South Bali was located in Tuban area.

Unfortunately in 1942 Japanese came to Indonesia and colonized Indonesia replacing the Dutch. Japanese Army bombed this airport and took over it for sake of their importance. Due to the damage caused by the bombing, Japanese army refurbished the airport using Pear Still Plate. On the next 5 years, Airstip South Bali had been changed so much. Japanese lengthened the runway from 700 meters to 1200 meters. This redevelopment was followed by the construction of terminal and a simple control tower made from wood. This airport started to be completed with flight communication of Morse code transceiver.

In 1960s, when the tourism began to flourish, Indonesian government carried on the redevelopment project of this airport. Indonesian government decided to lengthen the runway from 1200 meter to be 2700 meter with 2×100 meter overrun. This project called Tuban Airport Project which occurred from 1963 to 1969 was a preparation to upgrade Tuban Airport to be an international airport.

This project also included reclamation as far as 1500 meter using lime stones taken from Ungasan and Tabanan area. After all things had been ready including the terminal and runway, Indonesian government opened international flights officially. The name of airport was also changed to be Ngurah Rai International Airport. The new name is taken from the most prominent Balinese hero, Ngurah Rai.

From that year, Indonesian government carries on refurbishments and renewal projects continually to support the performance of Ngurah Rai International Airport.

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