Coronavirus Travel Ban Halts 260 Bali - China Round-trip Flights



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - 260 round-trip flights from Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport to Mainland China were canceled following the temporary coronavirus outbreak travel ban the Indonesian Transportation Ministry enforced on February 5, 2020. 

    “Based on regular and irregular schedules, there are around 260 departures and arrivals throughout February 5 - 12 that did not serve round-trip flights to China,” said I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport’s Angkasa Pura I Communication and Legal Manager, Arie Ahsanurrohim. 

    Through a rough calculation based on each type of airplane and 60 percent load factor on each flight, Arie predicts the halted China - Bali round-trips could accommodate up to 31,000 passengers.

    Moreover, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has also stationed dedicated medical staff and equipment to prevent any outbreak of the coronavirus in Indonesia.

    “Protective equipment used by [airport medical employees] consists of face masks, protective goggles, medical gloves, and hand sanitizers,” he said.

    He also addressed the viral social media video showing an alleged passenger lying down at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport that people assume is related to coronavirus. Arie clarified that the South Korean national was actually suffering from back pain before swiftly receiving treatment from airport staff and transported to the local Siloam Hospital.