Lombok International Airport opened October 1st 2011
Situated in southern central Lombok the new international airport has the capability to handle larger jets allowing passengers to travel direct to Lombok from greater distances. This is a massive advantage as in the past, travel has been via Singapore to Bali.. Future airport expansion is planned by 2017 to extend the runway and terminal areas to accomodate the Boeing and Airbus wide bodied jets such as 747 and the A380. The Indonesian Govenment is encouraging the growth of the tourism industry in the region and the New Lombok International Airport is a major part of that Plan.
To facilitate the future growth in tourism in Lombok, the Indonesia Government plans for these upgrades, Phase 1 of which is due to be completed in 2017.
Further expansion in 2019 is planned to increase runway, apron and car park capability,