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Flights Growing, Passenger Plane Crawling Up in a New Habit Adaptation Period

11 Jun 2020

Jakarta - The aviation industry is currently entering a period of adaptation to new habits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this adaptation period, everyone is allowed to travel by plane but still prioritizes procedures related to health aspects.

In accordance with the Circular of the Task Force for Handling Acceleration of COVID-19 Number 07/2020, prospective aircraft passengers must complete a PCR test certificate with a negative result valid for 7 days or a Rapid-Test test certificate with non-reactive results that apply 3 days at the time departure.

The limitation of passenger airplane capacity which had a maximum of 50%, is now increased to a maximum of 70% in accordance with Director General of Civil Aviation Circular Letter Number 13/2020. Gradually, the maximum passenger capacity will be increased again.

PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said during the adaptation period that began on June 8, 2020, the number of passengers on domestic and international routes began to creep up.

"In the 19 airports managed by PT Angkasa Pura II, the number of passengers on June 8 and June 9 averages around 7,000 passengers every day. Meanwhile on June 10 it increased to around 14,700 passengers, where on that special date the Soekarno-Hatta Airport reached 6,038 passengers. Slowly, the number of passengers has risen again and stakeholders at the airport have continued to maintain strict procedures. "

"As is well known, Lion Air has also resumed operations following Garuda Indonesia and Citilink. The information we received, AirAsia Indonesia will also fly starting June 19, 2020. The number of passengers is still far lower than during normal conditions, but has begun to get excited again in this adaptation period, "said Muhammad Awaluddin.

The increase also occurred in cargo transportation. On June 10, 2020, cargo volume recorded the highest figure this June with 1.65 million kilograms. Soekarno-Hatta specifically on that date the cargo volume reached 1.2 million kilograms.

"Freight in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed the most awake. All PT Angkasa Pura II airports are also focused on handling this cargo, "explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

During the adaptation of new habits, PT Angkasa Pura II remains consistent in implementing the Smart Airport concept that can support current operations and services and when entering a new normal era. The implementation of Smart Airport, among others, is through the presence of various touchless facilities such as smart helmets, as well as integrated information technology systems to maintain the smooth operation of airports in all conditions.

As part of the implementation of Smart Airport, PT Angkasa Pura II will soon launch the Travelation application. Through this application, prospective passengers can collect documents required to be able to fly, for example a letter from the PCR test or rapid test to be digitally checked, so that inspection at the airport can be carried out simpler but still tougher.

PT Angkasa Pura II currently manages 19 airports, namely Soekarno-Hatta (Tangerang), Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta), Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (Palembang), Kualanamu (Deli Serdang), Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Pekanbaru), Silangit (North Tapanuli North) ).

Then, Raja Haji Fisabilillah (Tanjung Pinang), Supadio (Pontianak), Banyuwangi, Radin Inten II (Lampung), Husein Sastranegara (Bandung), Depati Amir (Pangkalpinang), Sultan Thaha (Jambi), HAS Hanandjoeddin (Belitung), Tjilik Riwut (Bandung) (Palangkaraya) and Kertajati (Majalengka), Fatmawati Soekarno (Bengkulu), Sultan Iskandar Muda (Aceh) and Minangkabau (Padang).