The long awaited Lombok International Airport successfully opened on October 1, 2011 with Astrophysics x-ray detection systems. Located in Central Lombok, the new airport is now the sole airport on the island, replacing the older Selaparang Airpor
t. On October 20, 2011 the Lombok Airport was officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Part of the West Nusa Tenggara Province, Lombok currently has an average of 1.2 million airport passengers a year, with 500,000 of them tourists. As part of a 2012 tourist campaign, West Nusa Tenggara Administration and several local businesses have joined in projects to improve Lombok’s road infrastructure and build new resorts, shopping and tourist-welcome sites. Nicknamed the “unspoiled Bali,” Lombok is expected to reach 1 million tourist visitors in 2012.
The Lombok International Airport can accommodate up to 2 million passengers, and unlike the previous Selaparang Airport, has a 2,750 meter runway to fit larger airplanes including the Airbus 330 and Boeing 737, 747 and 767. Prominent airlines flying into Lombok include Batavia Air, Garuda Indonesia, NordWind, and SilkAir, with several new airlines from Europe, the Middle East and Japan expected to soon establish flights to meet Lombok’s growing popularity as a tourist destination.
Lombok International Airport is currently using four Astrophysics XIS-6545’s for checkpoint screening and two XIS-100XD’s for checked and over-sized baggage inspection. In a fiercely competitive industry, Astrophysics products offer a unique combination of technology, efficiency and value. This win is another example of how Astrophysics has emerged as a serious contender in the Aviation market, which has long been dominated by competitors. With a DHS contract, 12 TSA qualified products, and mounting contracts from airports, freight forwarders and airlines, Astrophysics continues to gain momentum in the Aviation security market.