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212,840 Tons of Corona Assistance Arrived via Soekarno-Hatta Airport

02 May 2020

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA - PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) has recorded more than 212,840 tons of aid cargo through the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to overcome the corona virus or Covid-19 in Indonesia.

Soekarno-Hatta has now become a focal point for foreign aid arrivals, during the period 22 March - 30 April 2020 total aid arrived at more than 16 million pieces with a volume of more than 212,840 tons

The assistance came from various countries for various parties in Indonesia such as government agencies, hospitals, foundations and the private sector, which were all coordinated with the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). Most of the aid transported by airplane was in the form of medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).

PT Angkasa Pura II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said from Soekarno-Hatta that it might be possible for the aid to be flown back to various regions in Indonesia.

"The number of flights carrying aid starting from March 22, 2020 has more than 150 flights. On April 30, 2020, just arrived in Soekarno-Hatta assistance in the form of Medical Devices and PPE from Volunteer Children of the Nation which was submitted to the BUMN Present Present Foundation for the Nation to be distributed back to the needy, "he said, Saturday (05/02/2020).

The medical device and PPE aid includes various types of masks, PPE, disposable gloves and thermometers, which were flown by Garuda Indonesia with flight number GA 899 from Guang Zhou, China.

The plane used by Garuda to transport the aid was a wide body Airbus A330, with cargo in the aircraft cabin and aircraft hull so that the total aid transported could reach 10-15 tons.

"We estimate that the airlines carrying the aid will continue to arrive, and in line with that the handling of cargo in Soekarno-Hatta is always sought to remain smooth," he said.

As for cargo traffic coming and going in Soekarno-Hatta, it continued smoothly in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic as the airline operated passenger planes to be converted as special cargo transport aircraft. The space prepared to transport cargo is in the aircraft hull (belly cargo) as well as in the aircraft cabin.