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Plans floated for new Bali airport

May 22, 2015

Published on May 22, 2015

Ambitious new plans unveiled for northern airport

New plans for a second airport in Bali were unveiled this week, and are perhaps the most ambitious to date.

Travel Daily AsiaAccording to a report by local news portal, a Canadian investor is planning to develop a new airport in Buleleng, northern Bali, which would actually float on the coastal waters.

I Made Mangku, who spoke on behalf of the investor, said the airport would be constructed on 1,400 hectares of semi-beach at Kubutambahan, and will be connected to the mainland via a 125-meter-long bridge.

"According to the master plan, part of the beach will be reclaimed but will not be converted into an island and water will continue to float under the airport. Construction will be supported by concrete piles," Mangku was quoted saying.

The airport will feature two runways and will cost IDR30 trillion (US$2.3 billion) to build.

Indonesia's transport authorities have previously cited Kubutambahan as being the most likely site for Bali's second airport, but this is the first time plans for floating airport have been revealed.

The location is approximately 70km north of the existing Ngurah Rai International Airport at Denpasar, and the new airport is likely to be connected to the island's southern resort areas by road and rail links.

No timeline for the project was made available.

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