Ngurah Rai International Airport will operate with scheduled closure times to commercial flights, to regulate possible heavy air traffic during the ten-day event.
Airport management company Angkasa Pura will likely apply tight schedules on the days that Asia-Pacific state leaders and APEC delegates arrive and depart, thus cancelling or postponing numerous commercial flights. Our original estimation of 426 cancelled flights must now be adjusted downward.
Taufik Hidayat, general manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, confirmed over the weekend that the airline had already received plans to reschedule commercial flights.
According to the announcement, the airport will be temporarily closed for several hours on three days —6th, 8th and 9th October 2013.
- On 6th October, the airport will be closed for all commercial flights from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- On 7th October, the airport will operate normally.
- 8th October, the airport will be closed again to commercial flights from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m.
- On 9th October, the airport will close to commercial flights from 7 a.m. through 2 p.m.
This official policy has forced airlines, including Garuda Indonesia, to cancel or reschedule flights to and from Bali during that period.