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Aircraft Movement in Soetta Penetrating 524 Per Day, Highest Since The Pandemic

16 Aug 2020

JAKARTA, - PT Angkasa Pura II noted that flight traffic at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Soetta) is increasingly stretching, after since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in the last few months there has been no passengers.

The peak of aircraft movement since the pandemic occurred on Friday, August 14, 2020. It was recorded that it reached 524 flights or 43.6 percent of the existing capacity, namely 1,200 flights per day.

Not only flight traffic, but the number of airplane passengers on that date was also the highest since the pandemic hit, reaching 45,745 passengers.

President Director of Angkasa Pura II Muhammad Awaluddin said the driving factor for the high number of flights on August 14, 2020, one of which was long weekends or long holidays.

As is known, the 75th Indonesian Independence Day holiday falls on Monday, 17 August 2020 and the Islamic New Year 1442 H which falls on Thursday, 20 August 2020.

"This indicates that people's travel patterns by plane have begun to recover, where normal flight conditions during the long weekend period are quite high," he said in a written statement, Sunday (16/8/2020).

He also assessed that the high flight rate is an indicator of maintained public trust in the national aviation sector amid the pandemic. One of the reasons is the Safe Travel Campaing which was held by Angkasa Pura II together with other stakeholders.

Awaluddin said that his party hopes that the trend of increasing aircraft movements and the number of aircraft passengers will continue, and 500 flights per day can be the latest psychological figures at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

"As many as 500 flights per day are also expected to be a new psychological number in the midst of this pandemic, so that the figure can slowly increase again," he explained.

A month earlier, in the midst of a pandemic, aircraft movements in April 2020 were only about 200 flights per day. Then, in May 2020 about 100 flights per day and in July 2020 also about 300 flights per day.

Seeing the increasing trend of flights, Awaluddin estimates that the number of aircraft passengers at 19 Angkasa Pura II airports can reach 2 million passengers in August 2020. As of July 2020, the number of passengers has reached around 1.5 million passengers.

Currently, all 19 airports in Angkasa Pura II are making various efforts to increase the utilization of flight slots through reopening routes or destinations and increasing the frequency of flights on one flight route by airlines.

"One of the keys is public trust in using air transportation, and in line with that we are collaborating with stakeholders at 19 airports to hold a Safe Travel Campaign: Safe Airport for Safe Travel Experience to maintain global standard health protocols in the midst of a pandemic," Awaluddin concluded.