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New Lombok Airport

Bandara International Airport will be fully operational October 1

Sep 25, 2011

The brand new Lombok International Airport named Bandara International Lombok (BIL) located in the West Nusa Tenggara Province, will be fully operational on October 1, 2011. target="_blank">Lombok is target="_blank">Bali’s immediate neighbor to its east.

The new Lombok International Airport is located at Tanak Awu, in the Central Lombok District, 30 kilometers or an hour’s drive Southeast of Mataram, capital of West Nusa Tenggara. With its opening, the currently operating Selaparang Airport is scheduled to close all flight services from September 30, 2011, at 1800 hours Central Indonesia Time.

“Many people have questioned and doubted the opening, but I can assure you, and there is no doubt whatsoever, that the Lombok International Airport will start operations starting October 1," said Ridwan Syah, Head of the Transportation, Communication, and Information Office of West Nusa Tenggara Province, at the meeting with related government institutions, airlines, and tourism stakeholders in Mataram, on Thursday, September 22, 2011, as reported by

The newly-built BIL encompasses a total area of 551 hectares and has a 2,750-meter-long runway to accommodate wide-bodied aircrafts such as the Airbus A 330 and certain types of Boeing 737 or Boeing 747. The airport features a 21,000 m2 terminal area projected to handle 3 million passengers per year and is completed with all necessary facilities such as taxiway, apron, VIP facilities, and information facilities.

To support the new airport, a new bus route has been established from Mataram and Senggigi to BIL. The special buses serving the route have a capacity of 40 passengers and its visual designs are also aimed to promote tourism in Lombok and West Nusa Tenggara. The fare from/to Mataram’s Mandalika Bus Terminal is around IDR 15,000 to 20,000 and from/to Senggigi around IDR 20,000 to 25,000. Taxis will also be available to take passengers around the fabled island of Lombok.

BIL was initiated since the 90s, during Warsito’s tenure as NTB Governor. It was started with the view that the present Selaparang Airport will in the future be overloaded with passengers, considering that Lombok was gradually growing into a significant tourism destination. Today, the current Selaparang Airport is no longer adequate since it has a capacity to serve a maximum 850,000 passengers per year only, while airplane passengers have already exceeded 1.2 million.

Currently, the Selaparang Airport serves domestic airlines including target="_blank">Garuda Indonesia, target="_blank">Lion Air, target="_blank">Batavia Air, target="_blank">Wings Air - also known as Lion Wings Air (Lion Air), and target="_blank">Trigana. While internationally, target="_blank">SilkAir serves the Singapore to Lombok route. From October 1, 2011, these airlines will surely land at the brand new Lombok International Airport. With the opening of the new Lombok International Airport, more domestic and international airlines are expected to include Lombok in their routes, and the splendors of this splendid island will become more easily accessible.


Bandara International Airport will be fully operational October 1
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