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Hajj Flight Runs Smoothly at AP II Airport, Implementation of 'Fast-track' Makkah Road at Soekarno-Hatta Airport Runs Successfully

22 Jun 2022

As many as 70% of the total pilgrims embarking on the Soekarno-Hatta Airport have already departed

Jakarta - Hajj flights went smoothly at five PT Angkasa Pura II airports which were designated as embarkation points for the departure of Hajj pilgrims 1443 H/2022 AD.

AP II airports designated as embarkation for hajj departures are Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Tangerang), Kualanamu Airport (Deli Serdang), Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport (Palembang), Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport (Aceh) and Minangkabau Airport (Padang).

Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the airport that serves the most departures for Hajj pilgrims.

In the period 4 - 21 June 2022, as many as 79 hajj flights from Soekarno-Hatta Airport have been dispatched to take 20,475 hajj pilgrims to the Holy Land, where that number has reached 70% of the total 29,221 hajj pilgrims planned to depart from Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Most of the pilgrims who went to the Holy Land via Soekarno-Hatta Airport came from West Java with 9,824 pilgrims, then Banten with 3,923 pilgrims, then DKI Jakarta with 3,523 pilgrims and Lampung with 3,205 pilgrims.

AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said all Soekarno-Hatta Airport stakeholders were coordinating closely to ensure the 2022 hajj flights could run smoothly.

"The implementation of the 2022 hajj transportation is the first since the last 2 years, where in 2020 and 2021 Indonesia will not send hajj pilgrims due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, all Soekarno-Hatta Airport stakeholders coordinate closely so that the implementation of the 2022 hajj transportation runs well, including supporting the Makkah Road initiative," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

Makkah Road
Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the only airport in Indonesia with Makkah Road facilities which is an initiative of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Indonesia to facilitate the immigration process of Indonesian pilgrims to enter Saudi Arabia.

Through the Makkah Road initiative, also known as the Saudi Arabian immigration fast-track, pilgrims can undergo a Saudi Arabian immigration pre-clearance process at Soekarno-Hatta Airport before departing by plane to the Holy Land.

This makes it easier for pilgrims when they arrive at Jeddah or Medina airports to be able to enter Saudi Arabia.

"In supporting the Makkah Road initiative to run well, AP II has prepared all the facilities needed in Terminal 2 including with stakeholders determining the flow of departures for pilgrims starting from the Hajj hostel, then heading to the Makkah Road area, to boarding the plane," said Muhammad Awaluddin. .

The facilities prepared by AP II include the Central Corridor Terminal 2 area with a capacity of around 900 - 1,000 people as a waiting area (holding area) for pilgrims, before heading to another room equipped with 15 Saudi Arabian immigration counters to process Saudi Arabian immigration pre-clearance through the Makkah Road scheme. .

Through the 15 Saudi Arabian immigration counters, it is estimated that each pilgrim will pre-clearance immigration within 60 seconds.

Around the area where the Makkah Road scheme is being implemented, AP II has also prepared, among other things, various public facilities that can be used for the needs of pilgrims, including 2 temporary prayer rooms in the holding area and a small prayer room in the boarding lounge area.

Muhammad Awaluddin said the Makkah Road initiative could be implemented well at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

"The implementation of the Makkah Road initiative well at Soekarno-Hatta Airport is part of the hajj flight service to hajj pilgrims, and we hope to increase the comfort of hajj pilgrims, especially related to the Saudi Arabian immigration process," said Muhammad Awaluddin.