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Indonesian Citizen Repatriation Flights Increase at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Health Protocols remain Strict

11 May 2020

Jakarta - The number of Indonesian citizen repatriation flights is increasing at Soekano-Hatta International Airport.

On this day Sunday, May 10, 2020, around 1,000 Indonesian citizens arrived at Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta by repatriation flights. While on Thursday, May 7, 2020, passengers who arrived on repatriation flights around 600 Indonesian citizens.

The number of passengers has increased compared to the previous 1-2 weeks on average, which is around 300 - 400 Indonesian citizens per day who arrive on repatriation flights.

In total, Indonesian citizens who arrived in Soekarno-Hatta by repatriation flights have now reached more than 25,000 Indonesians, of which more than 15,000 are Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI).

The Soekarno-Hatta Port Health Office (KKP) itself has implemented strict health protocols for airplane passengers, especially those arriving from abroad, namely: conducting interviews; checking temperature, signs and symptoms of COVID-19; oxygen saturation checks; and rapid test and / or PCR examination. For Indonesian citizens or foreigners who have certificates declaring COVID-19 free can also show these certificates to KKP personnel for further handling. In detail, the health protocol implemented at the entrance of Indonesia is contained in Circular Letter Number HK.02.01 / MENKES / 313/2020.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport's Senior Manager of Communications & Legal Branch Febri Toga said that as of May 31, 2020 it was expected that there would be an additional 7,500 - 10,000 Indonesian citizens arriving on repatriation flights.

In line with the increasing number of Indonesian repatriation flights, Febri Toga said that stakeholders in Soekarno-Hatta made improvements in various aspects to support the CTF while still being able to strictly implement health protocols.

One improvement in order to maintain strict health protocols is the implementation of the first in, first out (FIFO) service concept for newly arrived repatriation flights.

"With the FIFO concept, repatriated passengers who land earlier will immediately get off the plane to undergo health protocols and process arrivals. Meanwhile, passengers who arrive later will get off the plane and are directed first to the holding room before processing arrival."

"This FIFO concept has been implemented and proven effective because today, Sunday 1 May 2020, health and arrival protocols can run smoothly even though around 1,000 Indonesian citizens with repatriation flights arrived almost simultaneously in Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta," said Febri Toga.

Furthermore, at the point of queuing to undergo the health protocol now also provided seats for passengers while still paying attention to physical distancing.

"The application of FIFO and the use of chairs at the point of the queue is Soekarno-Hatta's effort to make arrangements so that physical distancing is maintained," Febri Toga added.

Meanwhile, the Soekarno-Hatta Port Health Office (KKP) also increased the number of personnel to be optimal in carrying out health protocols for newly arrived passengers.

Head of the Soekarno-Hatta KKP Anas Ma'ruf said the number of personnel was continuously increased in order to be able to carry out the maximum handling.

"Starting Monday, May 11, 2020, the number of KKP personnel on duty in Soekarno-Hatta both in Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and in the Emergency Office of the Parent Office totals 48 people per shift. On Friday, May 15, 2020, will be added again by 12 people per shift so that a total of 60 people in one shift, "said Anas Ma'ruf.

Anas Ma'ruf said that 15 personnel of PT Angkasa Pura II Medical Service Assistance (MSA) were also seconded to support the KKP in Soekarno-Hatta.

The health protocol is carried out strictly by the CTF in Soekarno-Hatta on the arrival of International. In the April-May 2020 period, more than 40 passengers of Indonesian repatriation flight were detected that had a reactive rapid test result on COVID-19. The passenger then received further treatment at the referral hospital including the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital.