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Nusa Penida named conservation area
November 22nd, 2010

JAKARTA: The government, through the maritime affairs and fisheries minister, declared Nusa Penida island in Bali a maritime conservation area on Sunday.

The government hopes the designation will benefit the local community in Nusa Penida, a 20,507-hectare area rich in maritime and coastal resources.

Minister Fadel Muhammad said in a press release that Nusa Penida conservation area supported the government’s 2020 target to protect the ecosystem of 20 million hectares of maritime and coastal areas in the country.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for Indonesia Marine Program and other international oceanographers found last year that Nusa Penida had 269 types of coral, 576 fish species, 1,419 hectares of coral reefs, 230 hectares of mangroves, 108 areas of seagrass beds and eight species of seagrasses. — JP

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Ngurah Rai airport to get Rp 2 trillion face-lift
August 7th, 2010

The Jakarta Post, Kuta | Fri, 08/06/2010 10:56 AM | Business

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I said it will spend Rp 2 trillion ($US224 million) to renovate Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to improve service to domestic and international travelers.

Speaking to reporters in Kuta, Bali, on Thursday, president director Tommy Soetomo said the company would construct a new, 126,000 square meter terminal designated for international flights.

Tommy said the current terminal would be assigned specifically for domestic arrivals and departures.

Ngurah Rai currently serves 9 million passengers per year, comprised of 4.6 million domestic and 5 million international passengers.

“It is already overloaded,” Tommy said, adding that “overcapacity should be resolved by expanding its terminals, especially for international routes.”

Tommy said that the airport renovation would be internally funded and supported by bank loans.

“*Financing* is still in the final calculation, but the project may cost Rp 2 trillion,” he added.

Apart from additional passenger capacity, Ngurah Rai will be equipped with a modern baggage handling system to guarantee the safety, he said.

“It is important for us to develop an airport that can provide security and also safety for every passenger’s baggage. It’s a must,” he said.

He added that a requirement for new safety and security equipment will require more expensive investment in a new airport.

“We have to be able to provide a service level guarantee for customers for airline, cargo or passenger services,” he added.

He said Ngurah Rai airport would have 13-14 million international passengers per year after the renovation is completed in 2013.

Angkasa Pura I controls 13 airports in the central and eastern part of the archipelago, including Hasanudin Airport in Makassar, Adi Sutjipto in Yogyakarta, Sam Ratulangi in Manado, Adi Sumarmo in Surakarta, Franskaisiepo in Biak, Eltari in Kupang, Juanda in Surabaya, Sepinggan in Balikpapan, Achmad Yani in Semarang, Syamsuddin Noor in Banjarmasin, Pattimura in Ambon and Selaparang in Lombok.

According to the company’s financial report, PT Angkasa Pura I booked Rp 664.07 billion profits in 2009 up from Rp 662.33 billion in the previous year, while the company’s assets reached Rp 8.62 trillion in 2009, up from Rp 7.47 trillion in 2007.

Air traffic control for PT Angkasa Pura I and II will be consolidated into a single body by Jan. 1, 2011, as mandated by the 2009 Law on Aviation, he said.

“Flight Information Region *FIR* will not be separated into two regions – Makassar Advanced Air Traffic Services *MAATS* and Jakarta Air Traffic Services *JATS*,” he said.

“We will have a more focused handling of flight information,” Tommy added, without further elaboration. (ebf)

Source : http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/08/06/ngurah-rai-airport-get-rp-2-trillion-facelift.html




Groundwater exploitation must be controlled: Expert
August 5th, 2010

Wasti Atmodjo, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Wed, 08/04/2010 10:37 AM | Bali

The local administration office must strictly regulate groundwater management in order to curb excessive exploitation by hotels and industries, an expert says.

Sudirman, Environmental Management Center of Bali and Nusa Tenggara region head, said excessive exploitation of groundwater could lead to devastating environmental impacts. He criticized the regulation, saying at present the administration had only issued a letter advising industries to limit their groundwater consumption.

“This action is too weak. It has no legal grounds. The local authority needs to issue a bylaw on the exploitation of ground water,” Sudirman said.

The exploitation of groundwater is deemed massive, exceeding storage capacity. Due to limited clean water supplies delivered by the province’s water company, many hotel and tourist-related establishments turn to artesian wells to meet their water supply needs.

“The use of groundwater in many hotels has already gone beyond the capacity of the island’s water storage,” he said.

Bali has more than 15,000 hotel rooms including villas, newly built apartments and commercial lodging houses.

“Such excessive exploitation has threatened clean water supplies for domestic households. But, more importantly, such activities will damage the environment,” added Sudirman.

Based on a survey by the Udayana University in Denpasar, Bali experienced a water deficit of 1.5 billion cubic meters in 1995. Five years later in 2000, the water deficit reached 7.5 billion cubic meters.

By 2015, Bali is expected to face a dramatic water deficit of 27.6 billion cubic meters.

To reduce ground water usage among hotels, the center has established joint work with the Bali Hotel Association.

The two institutions control and monitor groundwater usage by 18 star-rated hotels in South Badung, Denpasar and Ubud in Gianyar.

The Center also involved 10 star-rated hotels in West Nusa Tenggara province. Water usage in participating hotels would be closely monitored in terms of the amount of real water used for bathing and other activities.

“We have to match the water amount allowed in their operation permits with the real consumption of water every day,” he added.

Many hotels violated the water usage permits by digging and using more groundwater to meet their increasing demands.

Monitoring activities will also include water treatment plants and waste treatment, and monitoring hotels’ roles in improving their local communities and environment.

 

Source http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/08/04/groundwater-exploitation-must-be-controlled-expert.html





Indonesian airlines may be given flying rights to Australia
August 4th, 2010

Up to four new Indonesian airlines are expected to be given rights to fly from Indonesia to Australia after the two countries announced an increase of almost 50% in the weekly capacity to 14,800 seats. Indonesian carrier Batavia Air last week announced it had been given rights to fly from Bali to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, while applications from Sriwijaya Air, Mandala Airlines and Lion Air are pending.

Australian-based Pacific Blue, Jetstar and Strategic Airlines–along with AirAsia Indonesia and Garuda–already operate on the principal routes leading some analysts to suggest that too many airlines were being allowed to service the market.

However, that market is growing at an unprecedented rate. Travel from Perth to Bali jumped 46% in 2009 with 463,352 passengers carried both ways and early figures point to another 50% increase this year.

source http://atwonline.com/airports-routes/news/indonesian-airlines-may-be-given-flying-rights-australia-0802




Garuda takes delivery of three Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft
June 29th, 2010

JAKARTA  Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, took delivery of three Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft under a sale and leaseback agreement with MC Aviation Partners (MCAP), the aircraft leasing and trading arm of Mitsubishi Corporation.

 

 

Garuda Indonesia currently has on order a total of 50 Boeing 737-800NGs. To support its network expansion, Garuda Indonesia will be receiving 24 aircraft this year including 23 Boeing 737-800NG and one A330-200.

 

 

 “The new aircraft will be used on our domestic and regional routes and supports our five-year ‘Quantum Leap’ expansion strategy. We plan to increase the number of domestic departures by double to 2,072 per week and international departures more than threefold to 1,222 a week by 2014,” said Emirsyah Satar, president and CEO, Garuda Indonesia.

 

 

Garuda also plans to almost double its current fleet of 71 aircraft to 116 aircraft by 2014, based mainly on Boeing 737-800NGs and Airbus A330-300/200s, which are operated on medium and long haul routes.

 

 

The new Boeing 737 800NGs feature Garuda Indonesia’s new signature interior, with individual touch-screen LCD TVs throughout Executive and Economy Classes with Video on Demand entertainment systems offering 25 feature films and 25 audio tracks.

 

 

The airline also has on order 10 Boeing 777-300ERs which will be used on new ultra long-range flights starting 2011 as it expands its international network.




The Aston Nusa Dua Retreat & Spa
June 4th, 2010

Jakarta, 2 June 2010 – Aston International continues to grow its presence in Bali with the announcement of a soon to be opened luxury boutique resort – The Aston Nusa Dua Retreat & Spa.

The new boutique resort has been under development for almost two years now and is scheduled to open this coming summer. Located in the charming hillside country of the Bukit Peninsula above the world class resort destination of Nusa Dua the Aston Retreat will afford views over the Indian Ocean and feature its own private beach club on the nearby secluded Kutuh Beach.

Being a boutique resort with the character of a secluded and elegant retreat the new Aston has been kept small and will offer only 40 private pool villas with roof top sundecks and one lavish three bedroom residence. Resort facilities will include a full service destination spa, a large infinity edge center pool, a smart casual café overlooking the hillside country and nearby Indian Ocean, a romantic semi fine dining restaurant and a pool lounge and bar.

Norbert Vas, Aston International’s VP of Sales & Marketing said “Compared to our other villa resorts in the main areas of Bali such as Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Ubud the new resort will be quite different and unique in the sense that it is a truly remarkable “retreat” with a very appealing and secluded location.  Privacy is the main focus so residents will not only benefit from the charming hillside location but also have their own private beach club, luxury transportation service to Nusa Dua and Kuta via Alphard executive vans and creative service concepts such as private butlers, access to unique and personalized excursions and tours and VIP airport meet and greet assistance.

About Aston International

Aston entered the Indonesian market in the late nineties and has an underlying portfolio consisting of 38 properties including hotels, condotels, resorts, serviced apartments and boutique villa resorts, of which 28 are operational and 10 under development due to open between now and 2011.

Aston properties currently operate under the 5 star Grand Aston, 4 star Aston, 3 star Aston City and 2 star fave Hotel brands but the company is also developing Luxury Villa resorts under the Royal Kamuela and Kamuela brands and 3 star hotels under the affordable lifestyle Quest Hotel label.

With a proven track record of success, Aston has a very definitive vision of the future – to be universally recognized as the preferred hospitality management company in Asia Pacific




US cargo aircraft arrives in Bali ahead of Obama’s visit
June 3rd, 2010

A US Air Force cargo plane carrying logistical needs for the visit of President Barack Obama landed at the Ngurah Rai air base in the Bali capital of Denpasar on Wednesday.

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster crews were seen unloading forklifts and other heavy equipment from the aircraft as soon as it touched down at around 5 p.m. local time.

Security at the air base was tightened as the plane arrived, with journalists given no access to the US Air Force officers.

Air base commander Lt. Col. Aldrin P. Mongan refused to comment when contacted by the press, saying he would give an official statement later.

Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has confirmed Obama’s trip to the island in about two weeks. Obama is slated to visit Besakih temple, Uluwatu temple and Udayana University campus in Jimbaran.




 

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