Arrival of Saudi Arabian King will close Bali Airport for 45 minutes
Published Thursday 23rd of February, 2017
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia will be visiting Indonesia from March 1 to 9, where he will spend time in the capital of Jakarta before travelling to the holiday island of Bali. The highly anticipated visit of the Saudi King is due to cause chaos at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Awaluddin, who handles public relations at Ngurah Rai International Airport, stated that the correct procedures must be followed. "When a presidential aircraft arrives, the airport is temporarily closed and priority is given to him or her. This will apply on March 4th” he explained. In accordance with the protocol, Ngurah Rai international Airport will be closed for approximately 45 minutes.
A Saudi Arabian Cargo 747-4H6(BDSF) (TF-AML) departing Bali (DPS) for Riyadh (RUH) on the 22nd of February. This aircraft was transporting equipment for the arrival of King Salman.
Special arrangements have been made in order to facilitate King Salman's entourage of approximately 1500 people, who will be travelling with a staggering eight aircrafts. Two Boeing 777's, four Boeing 747’s and two Hercules C-130's are expected to arrive at Bali. The main issue at Ngurah Rai will be aircraft parking, as the Boeing 777's and 747's are twice the size of a narrowbody 737 or A320. If there is no parking arrangements made ahead of schedule, this could cause flight disruptions at Indonesia's second busiest airport. Aircraft parking will be split into two categories, primary aircrafts and support aircrafts.
King Salman's aircraft will use parking stand B27. As an alternative, the VVIP aircraft can also be parked at B17.
Support aircrafts will be parked at B22-B26. It is suggested that some support aircrafts might depart to Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport or Surabaya's Juanda International Airport to ease traffic congestion.
Two of the Hercules C-130's will be parked at B28 and B29.
Aircraft parking layout at Ngurah Rai International Airport.
To ensure that procedures go accordingly, a coordination post has been established by the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU). As there is no estimated arrival time for King Salman, passengers traveling to and from Bali during the arrival of the Saudi King will undoubtedly expect a short delay.