Lombok International Airport or Bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL) is officially opened in 1 October 2011. There are several names sugested as the name of this airport, such as Bandara Internasional Lombok, Bandara Internasional Sasak, Bandara Internasional Rinjani, Bandara Internasional Mandalika, Bandara Internasional Selaparang, Bandara Internasional Pejanggik, dan Bandara Internasional Arya Banjar rapuh. However, after takes voting, people agreed to choose name of Lombok International Airport or bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL) for this pride airport.
Lombok International Airport or Bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL) is build in quite large land around 550 hectare. Having strategic location in the middle of Lombok Island, exactly at Tanak Awu, Lombok Tengah Regency., we can reach Mataram city only in 30 minutes using using car. Spending IDR 625 million budget, now Lombok International Airport or Bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL) replaces the previous big airport, Selaparang Mataram Airport.
Even though this airports is considered as a new airport, the design is pretty much luxurious compared others. All the things are arranged perfectly. The glass windows placed all around the building enables more sunlight comes inside the room, so bright. The island design checking counter is arranged in the middle of the room. The sign direction board is available in five international languages includes bahasa indonesia, Mandarin, English, Japan, and Arabic, which makes this airport looks pretty much impressive as an international class airport. The government states that the highest tourists comes to NTB todays comes from Middle East and East Asian. The light is off until the middle of day which is a good thing for building in tropical island where the sun shines through the year. Another good thing is that the toilet provided is cleaned and maintained well everyday which is very important because as public places more people like to use toilet after taking such long trip.
One of the price value we can take is that this airport built using fund from neither foreign investor, Angkasa Pura nor province government. Lombok International Airport or Bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL) now becomes one more international class airport outside Java island that is preferable like other international airports.
The trip to Mataram city center takes round 40 minutes and it takes additional 20 minutes if we continue to Senggigi. So, in total we spend 1 hour to get into most popular tourism resort in this city. During your trip from Lombok International Airport or Bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL) you can enjoy the trully natural beauty of this island. Along the road you will see the green field, banana trees, coconut trees, and also the beautiful Rinjani Mountain from apart. You will not feel any bored or exhaust during your vacation. So, for you who haven’t visited this island, this is the time to make your vacation. Welcome to Bandara Internasional Lombok (BIL).