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Carolyn
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PostSubject: New Airport   Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:12 pm

Hi everyone, has there been any recent news on when the new international airport will be opening ?
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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:55 am

I dont know what the latest is .... the last I heard 2010.

They have had the first test flights in to check the runways etc and its all meant to be going to plan so who knows maybe it will be this year after all!
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PostSubject: New Airport   Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:26 am

Read the articles about the new airport in the lombok guide issue 56 and 57.www.thelombokguide.com
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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:22 am

Gemma, I read that the announcement that the test flights had taken place were, um, false claims.

There is an article I read that went into the massive problems they have with drainage on the site (which as you know is a flood plain). Construction is well behind schedule, and there is no revised date announced as yet for the opening date. That in itself is a worry as it indicates there is no firm committment for a completion date.

On top of that, the road infrastructure that is needed to service the airport from the Mataram side has not commenced (although I know they did the road widening into Kuta which impacted Mimpi Manis quite a bit). There does seem to be quite a lot of disinformation about the airport progress around.

Add to that the lack of incentive to get it complete now that the Emaar project is all but dead.

Obviously it will eventually be finished, the government isn't going to make that sort of investment and then let it rot. But it could be a while unfortuantely.
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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:17 pm

tjabemerah wrote:
Read the articles about the new airport in the lombok guide issue 56 and 57.www.thelombokguide.com

Thanks for that tjabemerah - very interesting articles.
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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:24 pm

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Gemma, I read that the announcement that the test flights had taken place were, um, false claims.

I dont know about that I had two people from Lombok here yesterday (kuta and Selong Blanak) that both said a test flight happened. It was before reading this post... so I didn't question if they had actually seen it or knew anyone that had but I do know when it was scheduled half of Kuta were planning on going to watch it... will try to find out more.
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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:26 pm

Also I just read this article today....


Delays in Opening of Lombok's New Airport



Lombok International Airport Likely to Open in Mid-2010.






(2/27/2010)
Plans to conduct a "soft opening" of the new Lombok International Airport (BIL)
in March 2010 are going to be delayed, according the Chief of the
Transportation, Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) office
for West Nusa Tenggara province, Ahmad Baharudin.

Quoted by the national news agency, Antara,
Baharudin said, "I am personally hesitant about the planned soft
opening planned for March, if I see the preparations at the project."

He
continued, saying the final preparations of the new air field should
have been apparent since late February, particularly from PT Angkasa Pura I who are managing the new facility located at the community of Slangit in the Penujak sub-district of Central Lombok.

The preparations of the infrastructure for BIL
are nearly complete with expectations that by the end of March 2010 a
soft opening will take place commencing a three-month trial period
before formal operations of flights can start.

"2 or 3 months
more for PT Angkasa Pura I to get everything in order before the
operation of the international airport this coming June," explained
Baharudin.

Supporting infrastructure elements for the BIL,
such as the new by-pass connecting the airport to the rest of Lombok,
are still delayed by continuing problems with securing right-of-ways to
allow road construction. To hasten the process, the Governor of Nusa
Tenggara has formed a technical team to help negotiate the needed land
in West and Central Lombok.

The airport project has been
allocated Rp. 110 billion (US$ 11.7 million) from the 2008 and 2009
provincial budget of West Nusa Tenggara

The new Lombok International Airport
has a main runway of 1,750 meters length and a width of 40 meters.
Apron parking areas measure 62,074 square meters with a terminal
measuring 12,000 square meters and parking lots covering 17,500 square
meters.



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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:23 pm

Be interested to hear if they did happen, the article in the Lombok Guide said the runways were flooded when the test was supposed to have happened. Still, looks like progress is being made. When I can book a flight to Lombok from Perth I will truely believe it is for real!
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PostSubject: Are Lombok Guide reports credible?   Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:46 am

The articles painted a lot less rosy picture of the readiness of BIL. This is the first time I read Lombok Guide. Is it a legitimate news paper or a combination of news and advertizing?

Is the news about cruise ships making day stops true? If it is, can the infrastructure handle the traffic?
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PostSubject: Re: New Airport   Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:59 pm

Josi, cruise ships have been going to Lombok for as long as I can remember. They stop in at Lembar. News gets out and all the beach sellers head out to Lembar to sell to the poor tourists stepping off the boat. The situation can get a bit out of hand and definately needs some regulation.

The situation reported in the Lombok guide of sellers hassling people in restaurants is really bad, and shame on the restaurant owners for allowing it to happen. It is pure laziness on their part, or greed as they (or their staff on duty) also may be then demanding a cut from the sellers.

Lombok Guide is a legitimate source, it has also been around for some time. It relies on advertising/sponsorship, so it only includes information from businesses that pay (refer the how to get there section for example).

Cruise ships leave from outside my living room window (I overlook Fremantle harbour) and stop in at Lombok. I wish I could be on one.
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