The manager of Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport plans to implement the use of GeNose C-19 next week. They are also preparing antigen rapid test services as another option for passengers.
Stakeholder Relations Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I International Airport Branch Office I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Taufan Yudhistira Bali, said that the use of GeNose C-19 will take effect on 7 or 8 April 2021.
“So in April, around April 7 or April 8 there will be a simulation and release,” said Taufan on Saturday (3/4).
Apart from GeNose C-19, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport also provides a rapid antigen test kit at a price of IDR 170 thousand.
Meanwhile, the test price using the GeNose C-19 is estimated to be around Rp. 40 thousand to Rp. 60 thousand. Taufan said that his party is still waiting for approval from the center.
“We only prepare it for less than 20 percent of the total passenger departures. A maximum of 20 percent. Due to the availability of the inflatable plastic bags which we do not necessarily fulfill,” he said.
“Therefore, the GeNose C-19 does not replace the existing antigen services. So it is only the choice of passengers now. (The price) is between Rp. 40 thousand to Rp. 60 thousand, “he explained.
Meanwhile, the number of visitor arrivals to Bali during the Easter holidays has increased. From Thursday (1/4) to Friday (2/4), the total number of passengers entering Bali was around 17 thousand people.
“The peak turns out to be Thursday. If the passengers who entered Bali from the 1st to the 2nd, around 16 to 17 thousand Bali have just entered,” he said.
“For the 3rd there has been no update. However, it is likely around 6 thousand to 7 thousand,” added Taufan.
He also said, when compared to last year, there was a 50 percent increase in passenger arrivals to Bali.
“Because at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we dropped a lot. In fact, this year it has increased, more (50) percent,” he said.
Passengers coming to Bali are predominantly from Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Makassar.
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