Overwhelmed immigration officers at Bali’s busy I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport will have a welcome relief next year with the installation of autogates aimed at hastening queues, Indonesia Expat reported.
In the past two months as many as 17,000 foreign travelers are coming through the airport a day, according to head of Immigration Class I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Ari Budijanto.
A push for an increase in tourism numbers across the country has seen foreign visitors head to the resort island but infrastructure has lacked, leading to long queues at the airport.
“The problem is the arrivals are not spread out but occur only at certain hours,” Budijanto said.
From around 9-11am, around 10 aircraft carrying about 3,500 passengers arrive.
“Not to mention in the afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., about 15 wide-bodied aircraft plus charter planes, about 19-20 aircraft come in. Imagine, within two hours, our officers must conduct checks on 4,500 foreigners,” he added.
There are currently, 26 unit of immigration check counter at Ngurah Rai Airport, 13 units on international arrivals and 13 units on international departures. Each counter is guarded by two Immigration officials.
To better deal with the heavy flows of foreigners coming through Immigration, Budijanto says he hopes automated gates can be installed next year.
The autogates is expected to facilitate and provide a positive image for Bali tourism as well as for Indonesia as the host.