After a major year-long facelift, the old International Terminal of Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, has now become a spacious and sophisticated domestic terminal that has been operating since Sept. 17. This new terminal covers an area of 65,800 square meters, which is five times bigger than the old domestic terminal. “We want to make the airport in Bali the most beautiful domestic terminal not only in Indonesia, but also in the world,” Said Tommy Soetomo, president director of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I). The most significant change is the big transparent glass wall facing the runway, replacing the old concrete wall. This gives better lighting to the terminal and an ocean view as a bonus. With a total budget of Rp 318 billion (US$26.5 million), the airport now can accommodate up to 94 million passengers a year. The renovations installed 62 new check-in counters and four new transit and transfer counters. On the first day of operation, the terminal operated 19 ticket counters. The new check-in desks are located close to the terminal entrance, which makes the check-in process faster. After check-in, passengers are lead to the retail space, which is even more exciting. “Many people come to Bali every day. Now, they will have more options to shop outside the tourist areas, which is in the airport,” Tommy added. AP I, as the airport operator, is planning to earn more income from outside the aeronautical business, namely from retail. The operator recently established a new subsidiary company, Angkasa Pura Retail. The president director of Angkasa Pura Retail, Teges Prita Soraya, said that to support the retail area, the company is committed to bringing local products to the airport. “Seventy percent of the products that Angkasa Pura Retail offers will be local products or foreign products that are produced in Indonesia,” she added. Besides retail, there will be hotels around the airport area. “Novotel will began to operate in October,” Tommy added.