From February 8th to 11th, an increase in both air and ground traffic is expected in Bali. This is related to the extended holidays during the celebration of Chinese New Year and Isra Mi'raj—an Islamic holiday commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's night journey to Jerusalem and ascension.
According to Handi Herudhiawan, the CEO of Bali Airport, peak arrival days are anticipated on February 9th, with approximately 13,187 domestic passengers and 16,589 international passengers. The surge is expected to conclude on February 11th, 2024, with projected domestic passengers at 16,244 and international passengers at 19,380. Cultural events, including traditional lion dances and various games, are promised for those at the airport during these days. Additional domestic flights, including routes to Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Lombok, Banjarmasin, Yogyakarta, Solo, and Tambolaka, will be in operation. The majority of Lunar New Year arrivals are expected to be Chinese tourists, with Bali ranking seventh as a destination for Chinese New Year celebrations. The island aims to host around 1.5 million Chinese travelers this year. It's important to note that Indonesia itself is home to 2 to 4 million ethnic Chinese residents, contributing to the local tourist influx during the extended holidays, including the celebration of Isra Mi'raj. Approximately a quarter of a million tourists are expected to pass through the airport during this period, impacting traffic around the airport, Kuta, and surrounding areas.