State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (API) has announced its collaboration with South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) to implement the safe corridor initiative (SCI) at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, to boost confidence among the public to travel by air as well as boost the country’s tourism and economy.
Incheon is the world’s first airport to receive the Airport Council International’s Airport Health Accreditation.
The SCI is an alliance of airport managements initiated by the IIAC that aims to maintain their members’ operational reliability through implementation of several health and security criteria, and help the aviation industry recover by building a positive perception among airport service users. As part of the collaboration, the IIAC will assess Ngurah Rai airport on inventory management, trained human resources, health communication, epidemic prevention and protocols and procedures such as competence related to departure and arrival. If all goes well, the IIAC will issue an SCI certificate and approval for the airport to become a member of the SCI.
As a result of the pandemic, Ngurah Rai airport served just 8,829 passengers in May, which increased to 19,816 in June. Following a relaxation of air travel restrictions, it saw the number rise to 77,472 in July and 172,721 in August.