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Lombok New Airport – Bandar Udara Internasional Lombok ( BIL )
Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok)with code (IATA: LOP, ICAO: WADL) is a new airport on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. It is the island’s only fully operational airport. The Lombok International airport started operation since October 1, 2011. The first aircraft landing was Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800NG marking the commencement of operations on Saturaday, 1 October 2011.
The new Lombok International airport is located at Tanak Awu (PRAYA), in the Central Lombok District, 30Km or an hour’s drive South East of Mataram, capital of West Nusa Tenggara. With its opening, the currently operating Selaparang Airport is scheduled to close all flight services from September 30th 2011, at 18.00 Central Indonesia Time.
The newly built BIL (Bandar Udara International Lombok) encompasses a total area of 551 hectares and has a 2,750m long runway to accommodate wide-bodied aircrafts such as Airbus A 330 and certain types of Boeing 737 or Boeing 747. The Airport features a 21,000 m2 terminal area projected to handle three million passengers per year, and is completed with all necessary facilities such as taxi way, apron, VIP facilities, and information facilities.
To support the new airport, a new bus route has been established from Mataram and Senggigi to BIL. The special buses serving the route have a capacity of 40 passengers and its visual designs are also aimed to promote tourism in Lombok and West Nusa Tenggara. The fare from/to Mataram’s Mandalika Bus Terminal is around IDR 15,000 to 20,000 and from/to Senggigi around IDR 20,000 to 25,000. Taxis will also be available to take passengers around the fabled island of Lombok.
BIL was initiated since the 90’s, during Warsito’s tenure as NTB Governor. It was started with the view that the present Selaparang Airport will in future be overloaded with passengers, considering that Lombok was gradually growing into a significant tourism destination. Today, the current Selaparang Airport is no longer adequate since it has a capacity to serve a maximum 850,000 passengers per year only while airplane passengers have already exceeded 1.2 million.