GROWING BUSINESS AVIATION IN BALI - Gary Forster, Execujet Indonesia
ExecuJet Indonesia, a joint venture between ExecuJet Aviation Group and Indonesia-based Dimitri Utama Abadi, began its FBO operations at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali in 2015. The strong demand for aircraft handling, as well as the trend for larger VIP aircraft and charter, in the Southeast Asian holiday destination has made the company’s operations successful.
What services does ExecuJet Indonesia offer?
ExecuJet’s Bali facility is operated by highly trained and professional staff, offering full FBO services to corporations, high net worth individuals, heads of state and royalty, ensuring a seamless, discreet, safe and efficient first-class service.
The purpose-built general aviation terminal offers a large and exclusive ramp, VIP lounges, crew rest area and conference facilities.
The Bali FBO offers:
- Presidential, VIP, diplomatic and corporate flight coordination;
- Expansive ramp area and parking;
- Passenger handling and coordination;
- Customs and immigration assistance;
- Landing and overfly permissions;
- VIP passenger lounges;
- Organization of conference rooms;
- Limousine booking service and hotel arrangements;
- Crew briefing and lounge;
- Fuel supply;
- Catering arrangements;
- Air traffic control (ATC) and airport slot coordination;
- Cleaning services and organization of water and lavatory services;
- Ground power unit;
- Rental car arrangements;
- Crew transportation; and
- Concierge services.
Why did ExecuJet Indonesia decide on Bali and its selected location?
An opportunity was identified by ExecuJet on the paradise island of Bali, a location which has seen business jet traffic for many years but with no dedicated VIP handling facility.
ExecuJet brought the idea of creating Indonesia’s first FBO to Angakasa Pura 1, the Airport Operator, and operations commenced in October 2013 from a temporary terminal to coincide with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum taking place in Bali. Once completed, operations moved into a new and larger General Aviation Terminal to provide a better level of service to clients.
How has the FBO evolved since coming onto the market a few years ago?
Customers are now aware and have become familiar with the dedicated facility that previously did not exist. Additionally, local hotels now regularly have staff to meet guests at the FBO. It is considered a shining example of airport cooperation and the airport operator Angkasa Pura 1 is rightly proud of the facility. Several events have since taken place in Bali, in conjunction with the FBO, with its large aircraft parking being the focal point for arriving VIPs.
Refurbishments have also taken place to ensure the facility is fully functioning and up-to-date.
Is there increased business aviation traffic in Indonesia?
The traffic levels have been relatively flat over the last couple of years. Several natural disasters on nearby islands, and most recently the volcanic crisis on Bali, has resulted in periods of lower activity. This is then recovered with high numbers for Chinese New Year and Christmas.