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PT Angkasa Pura II and Airlines Now Boost the Cargo Transportation Sector in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

26 Apr 2020

Jakarta - PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) is aiming at the cargo management business at the airport as one of the company's main sources of revenue this year amidst a decrease in passenger flight traffic.

As is known from April 25 to May 31, 2020 the government banned airlines from carrying passengers in the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) and the red zone of the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, all cargo flights are still permissible both domestic and international routes.

This is in accordance with Minister of Transportation Regulation No. 25/2020 concerning Transportation Control during the Eid Al-Fitr Homecoming Year 1441 H in the framework of Preventing the Spread of COVID-19.

Through the Permenhub the government also allows cargo transportation to be carried out by airlines operating aircraft with passenger configurations and must have approval.

President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II Muhammad Awaluddin said a number of passenger airlines had informed the submission of extra flights for cargo flights at a number of the company's airports.

"The indication is that airlines that operate passenger aircraft are now increasingly focused on the cargo business. The airline maximizes passenger aircraft utilization by transporting cargo in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is even a helicopter operator that has begun operating to transport cargo. "

"Maybe if the cargo can be loaded in the aircraft cabin then it will speed up loading and unloading compared to if the cargo is loaded in the belly of the aircraft. That makes the whole process faster, "said Muhammad Awaluddin.

The PT Angkasa Pura II airport that serves passenger flight flights to be operated specifically carrying cargo, including Soekarno-Hatta (Tangerang), Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta), Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Pekanbaru), Supadio (Pontianak), Husein Sastranegara (Bandung) , and Kualanamu (Deli Serdang).

"The type of cargo being transported at this time is for example for e-commerce shipments, various essential equipment and equipment in the midst of a pandemic, medical devices and so on," Muhammad Awaluddin said.

During Quarter I / 2020, the volume of cargo transportation at 19 airports of PT Angkasa Pura II was recorded at an average of around 62,000 tons / month. As for Soekarno-Hatta itself, the average cargo volume reaches 42,500 tons / month.

Soekarno-Hatta is the company's airport which has the largest cargo management capacity, reaching around 600,000 tons / year. Nevertheless, the volume of cargo handled at Soekarno-Hatta had reached 760,000 tons in 2018.

At present there are two affiliated companies of PT Angkasa Pura II specializing in cargo handling namely PT Angkasa Pura Kargo (ownership 99.99% stake) and PT Gapura Angkasa (ownership 46.26% shares).

PT Angkasa Pura Kargo has services ranging from shipping and managing cargo in the airport area including distribution centers, human remains and excess baggage, then management related to warehousing such as Lini-1 and Lini-2.

Meanwhile, PT Gapura Angkasa currently has a warehouse area of ​​8,964 square meters in the Soekarno-Hatta Cargo Terminal which is equipped with x-ray facilities, CCTV, integrated information technology systems and digital balance sheets to ensure cargo security and safety.

The Soekarno-Hatta warehousing area is also equipped with cold storage, strong room, DG Rooms, AVI Room (room for live animals) and special charge handling.

This year, PT Angkasa Pura II is targeting revenues of around 60-70% from the initial target of Rp12.8 trillion set before the COVID-19 pandemic.