North Bali International Airport (Bandara International Bali Baru) is a proposed second airport in the north of Bali, Indonesia. A new airport for Bali is being considered as the current airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) is in a built-up urban area, making it difficult for further expansion. There is only one runway at DPS Airport, which limits its capacity.
A plan for a new airport on the north side of the island was made public in 2013. In 2015 it was announced that the airport would be built offshore, near Kubutambahan in Buleleng Regency. The most recent update has the airport being built on land. The land hasn’t been acquired yet and there are landowners who are either opposed to the project or who are on long leases.
Any new airport in the north would need transport infrastructure to go with it. Most passengers would still be going to the south of the island, and it currently takes about 90 minutes to travel from Ngurah Rai to Singaraja. There is a plan for a north-south toll road, and earlier plans mention the airport being part of a pan-island Bali railway.
North Bali International Airport
Bandara International Bali Baru (BIBU)
Buleleng International Airport
New airport location alternatives
Gerogak Village and Celukan Bawang Village were also considered in Buleleng Regency.
A new airport in Jembrana Regency (the southern half of west Bali) was also proposed. This was known as New Bali International Airport or Jembrana City International Airport.
Map of North Bali International Airport
[Map of North Bali International Airport.]
Airport Design Proposals
Design concept by Airports Kinesis Canada.
Design concept by Videshiiya Studio.
Design by Surbana Jurong.
[Image via Wikipedia.]
Plans for new airport in NW Bali opposed – [27/07/22]
Locals urge North Bali International Airport construction – [23/06/22]
“The people of Buleleng district are urging the government to immediately build North Bali International Airport, which they want to be located on the coast of Kubutambahan District, Buleleng, Bali.”
Bali’s offshore airport to be finished by 2024 – [05/01/22]
Waskita Karya will work on North Bali International Airport development project – [17/12/21]
“Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT BIBU Panji Sakti in the context of the North Bali International Airport development project along with supporting facilities and related infrastructure.”
Local resistance to NW Bali airport grows – [28/10/20]
“Radar Bali reports that residents of Sumberklampok Village, Gerokgak, in and Buleleng Regency, North Bali, are becoming increasingly vocal in their opposition to the construction of Bali’s second international airport in their community.”
North Bali Airport in a holding pattern – [19/10/20]
“NusaBali reports how plans to build a second airport in Northeast Bali at Kubutambahan now appear highly doubtful after discovering that a large portion of the acreage needed for the air gateway is already under a long-term lease. This unexpected development has effectively sidelined any effort to acquire the land necessary for runways, terminals, and supporting facilities in that location.”
Bali to get new airport for low-cost carriers – [29/07/19]
“…the new airport, which is to be built in the northern village of Kubutambahan, would take all the low-cost carriers, while Ngurah Rai in the south would take the “normal” ones.”
North Bali airport project takes a pause as it awaits progress in the development of North-South access – [29/07/19]
“The development of an airport on the north coast of Bali might take a little longer to get off the ground than first expected as Indonesia’s transportation minister has stressed that the project would depend on the progress of the island’s North-South toll road.”
Plans for north Bali’s Buleleng Airport aim to improve infrastructure and encourage more investment – [17/07/19]
“It appears as if plans are moving forward with the development of Bali’s new airport at Kubutambahan in Buleleng Regency on the north coast. This could have profound implications for the immediate area as well as the rest of the island.”
North Bali Airport could be a game changer – [04/01/19]
“The construction of the new Bali airport in Kubutambahan in Buleleng Regency will begin in 2020”.
North Bali airport project set to take off next year – [19/12/18]
North Bali Airport: Province, Ministry of Transportation agree on location for project in Buleleng – [02/11/18]
“The airport will be built in Kubutambahan on 420 hectares of “customary land”, according to an agreement between Buleleng Regency, Bali Province, and Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation.”
[YouTube: North Bali International Airport.]
USD 2 billion for second airport in Bali – Indonesia’s tourist island destination – [02/03/18]
“The North Bali International Airport (Bandara International Bali Baru or BIBU) took another step closer to becoming reality recently when PT Bali International Airport (PT BIBU) Panji Sakti and Canadian company, Kenesis Capital and Investment (KCA), agreed terms for an investment of USD 2 billion (about IDR 27 trillion) into the project, according to local news wires.”
New $2b offshore international airport planned for Northern Bali – [24/02/18]
“Indonesian private-sector company Bandara Internasional Bali Utara plans to build a new international airport in northern Bali to accommodate growth in foreign tourist arrivals. The airport will be built offshore to avoid interference with rice fields, temples and villages.”
PPP Project: North Bali airport to complete in 2025 – [03/01/18]
“The airport in North Bali, located in Buleleng Regency, Bali, is targeted to be operational in 2025 after the Ministry of Transportation issued a permit for location determination this year. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster elaborated that after the permit for location determination (penlok) comes out in 2019, then the construction will begin in 2020. Tt will take at least 4 years to complete the construction, which will then begin operation in 2025.”
New airport: The fate of North Bali to be determined at end-2017 – [28/07/17]
North Bali’s new international airport almost ready to go – [14/04/17]
“Panji Sakti International Airport in North Bali will be the first floating airport in Indonesia and the most advanced of its kind. The groundbreaking of the airport that is located off-shore in Kubutambahan village, Buleleng, is scheduled for August 28, 2017.”
Government still working on determining location for new Bali airport in island’s north – [07/04/17]
“Airports Director of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Yudhi Sari Sitompul, says that Bali’s second airport will still more than likely be done in Buleleng, it’s just a matter of where in the regency.”
Floating airport to be built in northern Bali – [27/05/16]
“An artificial island measuring 1,400 hectares is to be created in waters off Bali’s northern coast for a new airport.”
Bali’s Governor issues recommendation for new airport in North Bali – [10/05/16]
Bali’s Governor Made Pastika recently told NusaBali that he had already received a detailed plan from a Canadian company for the building of the new Bali international airport, to be located in the North Bali regency of Buleleng.
Bali set to build 2nd airport to meet tourism boom – [29/02/16]
“Indonesia’s main tourist island, Bali, is attracting 10 million tourists a year and, with that number expected to double by 2025, its government wants to build a second airport.”
Angkasa Pura I appointed to build Buleleng airport – [06/07/15]
Bali to build floating airport – [21/05/15]
“…a Canadian investor had presented the airport construction master plan to the regent of Buleleng on Wednesday. I Made Mangku, who spoke on behalf of the Canadian investor, said that according to plan, the airport would be constructed on 1,400 hectares of reclaimed water area on the beach. He added that the airport would have two runways. A 125-meter bridge will be also constructed to connect the airport to the mainland. According to the master plan, part of the beach will be reclaimed but will not be converted into an island and water will continue to float under the airport. Construction will be supported by concrete piles, he said. The airport construction project was estimated to absorb Rp 30 trillion and the investor had prepared 80 percent of it”.
Public Private Partnerships – Infrastructure projects plan in Indonesia – [November 2013]
Gerokgak chosen as new Buleleng airport site – [10/07/13]
“After years of speculation and discussion, the provincial administration has decided on Sumberkima village in Gerokgak, Buleleng regency, north Bali, as the most likely site for a new airport.”