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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Airport management companies, namely PT Angkasa Pura I and PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero), are optimistic that passenger traffic will increase in July 2020. This positive trend is in line with the issuance of travel regulations by the government.
"We predict the number of passengers at 19 airports managed by Angkasa Pura II in July 2020 could increase by around 20-25 percent compared to June 2020," Angkasa Pura II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said in a message received by Tempo, Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Based on entity data, throughout June 2020, aircraft traffic at 19 Angkasa Pura II airports only ranged from 500 to 550 movements per day. While the number of passengers revolves around 25-30 thousand people per day.
Awaluddin said, in July, the aviation industry had entered a recovery period which would be marked by increasing movement, both passenger and aircraft traffic. That way, a number of inter-airport connectivity will begin to re-open.
The increase in airline traffic is mostly projected to occur at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport as the busiest airport. "Soekarno-Hatta is a hub for domestic flights connecting Jakarta with other cities in Indonesia," Awaluddin said.
In line with the ongoing recovery phase, Awaluddin added, a number of airport facilities were operating again. Airport trains, for example, will start transporting passengers with a maximum capacity of 70 percent of the total seats provided. In the early stages of recovery, the airport train will operate serving 50 trips in one day.
The Covid-19 Team for the Acceleration of Handling for the Acceleration of Handling previously issued Circular Letter Number 9 of 2020 concerning the movement of transportation passengers during the pandemic. Citing the contents of the regulation, the government relaxed the period of validity of the swab or PCR test for prospective passengers, which from seven days into two weeks and a rapid test which was originally three days also became two weeks.
In line with Awaluddin, Vice President Corporate Secretary of Angkasa Pura II Handy Heryudhitiawan said the Task Force's policy was a breath of fresh air for the aviation industry. "We see that this brings good news. Some prospective passengers we asked looked at the validity of the previous PCR or rapid test as their consideration for boarding or not getting on the plane because the validity period was quite short," said Handy.
With this rule, airplane passengers who plan to travel less than two weeks will get convenience. However, along with the issuance of the policy, he ensured the airport would tighten health protocols to prevent the transmission of the corona virus.