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AP II and IATA Global Airline Association Hold Official Meeting, Discuss Aviation Sector Recovery

08 Jun 2022

Passenger movements at AP II airport in May 2022 set a record high since the pandemic

Jakarta - PT Angkasa Pura II, which manages 20 airports in Indonesia, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which oversees 290 airlines worldwide, held an official meeting today, Wednesday 8 June 2022.

The meeting was attended by the President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin and the board of directors of AP II with Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific IATA Philip Goh and IATA staff, at AP II Head Office.

In the meeting, AP II and IATA discussed the recovery of the global aviation sector in line with the improving handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.

President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin said that flight traffic at AP II airport this year began to experience a recovery triggered by a fairly large domestic market.

"In May 2022, the flight traffic recovery ratio at AP II airport has reached around 89% of normal conditions in 2019 when there was no COVID-19 pandemic," said Muhammad Awaluddin in a meeting with IATA.

Meanwhile, passenger movements at all AP II airports in May 2022 were cumulatively recorded at 5.8 million passengers or the highest monthly passenger movement since April 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the world.

"Passenger movement in May 2022 was highest during the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the success of Eid transportation at AP II airport on April 22 - May 13 2022. Thanks to the good collaboration between AP II, regulators, airlines, ground handling and the TNI/Polri, the airport "AP II airport can meet the increasing demand for flights properly and still prioritize aspects of service, safety, security and the implementation of health protocols," explained Muhammad Awaluddin.

As for the year-to-date, January 1 - May 31, 2022 the number of passenger movements reached 21.20 million people, which represents a recovery ratio of 64% compared to the realization in 2019 when there was no pandemic.

The January - May 2022 passenger movement was also 71.5% higher compared to January - May 2021, and up 2.96% compared to January - May 2020.

Furthermore, Muhammad Awaluddin conveyed to IATA that all AP II airports had made various operational adjustments to accommodate flight requests during this recovery period.

In line with that, said Muhammad Awaluddin, AP II is also ready to welcome the recovery of the global aviation sector.

"All AP II airport resources are ready to welcome the increase in flight traffic, both domestic and international routes. At Soekarno-Hatta Airport, we are also preparing for the reopening of international routes after being closed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have prepared all the facilities, including ensuring the availability of flight time slots needed by the airline," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

Meanwhile, IATA Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific Philip Goh said that the recovery of the aviation sector to match conditions before the COVID-19 pandemic would be achieved in 2024 - 2025.

"Flights in Europe are growing and are expected to recover in 2024, while in the Asia Pacific region it is estimated that in 2025," said Philip Goh.

Philip Goh added that the active international flight traffic in Indonesia will also support the recovery of the global aviation sector.

Based on the latest data released by IATA, in February 2022 the North America region won the largest global aviation market share with a share of 32.7%, followed by Asia Pacific with 27.6% market share, then Europe with 24.9%, Latin America with 6 .5%, Middle East 6.5% and Africa 1.9%.