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Interest in flying rises, supply of flight seats at Soekarno-Hatta Airport is one of the most in the world

14 Nov 2020

Jakarta - The aviation market at Soekarno-Hatta Airport is in a positive trend according to a report published by the UK-based global aviation data provider, OAG.

According to the OAG Frequency & Statistics report, the seat capacity available at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in October 2020 was recorded at around 2 million seats, or an increase of 0.2% compared to September 2020.

On the other hand, the seat capacity in October 2020 of 2 million seats has reached around 57% from the position in October 2019 when there was no COVID-19 pandemic, which was 3.55 million seats.

President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin said the increasing number of flight seat capacities at the same time indicated the improvement in public demand for flights from Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

"Demand is growing followed by an increase in supply, and this can work well at Soekarno-Hatta Airport. When public interest in flying rose, PT Angkasa Pura II and airlines were able to provide the required flight seats. Thus, creating a positive climate at Soekarno-Hatta Airport. "

"The increase in demand for flights is driven by people who increasingly believe in boarding planes, that the aviation sector can provide a sense of security and comfort in the midst of a pandemic in line with the strict health protocols and alertness implemented by Soekarno-Hatta Airport, airlines and all other aviation stakeholders. namely AirNav Indonesia, TNI / Polri, ground handling parties and so on, "explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

Meanwhile, since July 2020 a Safe Travel Campaign has been launched at Soekarno-Hatta Airport by PT Angkasa Pura II with stakeholders including the Airport Authority Region I, the Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA), the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI), and the Cluster Air Task Force. Task of Accelerating Handling of COVID-19 and KKP Ministry of Health,

The recovery of the aviation market, continued Muhammad Awaluddin, was also a result of the company's strategy in optimizing flight time slots, reactivating routes that had been closed, and increasing the frequency of existing routes.

Meanwhile, the government gave encouragement through the passenger service charge (PSC) stimulus policy in the framework of the National Economic Recovery (PEN).

"The government policy to provide PSC incentives to lower airplane ticket prices so as to encourage the aviation market," explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

October 2020 seat capacity
The OAG Frequency & Statistics report also indicates that flight activity at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in October 2020 looks busier than other airports in terms of availability of aircraft passenger seats.

The seat capacity for flights at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in October 2020 (about 2 million seats), is more than other airports such as Changi Airport (314,084 seats), Hong Kong (499,370 seats), Seoul (861,355 seats), Amsterdam (1.59 seats). million seats), Paris Charles de Gaulle (1.32 million seats), Chicago O'Hare, (1.91 million seats), Frankfurt (1.30 million seats), Istanbul (1.51 million seats), and Dubai ( 1.5 million seats).

Muhammad Awaluddin said PT Angkasa Pura II would always maintain Soekarno-Hatta Airport operations as an anchor airport on domestic routes.

"The increase in flights at Soekarno-Hatta Airport means an increase in flights at other airports, therefore PT Angkasa Pura II is very focused on maintaining the operation and connectivity of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, including in the midst of this pandemic through the implementation of strict health protocols," said Muhammad. Awaluddin.

The health protocol for preventing COVID-19 that has been implemented has received international recognition, namely from the International Airport Council (ACI) which provides an Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certificate to Soekarno-Hatta Airport.