Domestic flights are believed to be rejuvenating and entering the recovery phase in July 2020, along with extension of the periode of rapid test and PCR test for aircraft passengers.
The validity period of the Covid-19 test is contained in Circular Letter of Task Force for Acceleration of Covid-19 Handling No. 09/2020 concerning Amendment to Circular Letter Number 07/2020 concerning Criteria and Requirements for the Travel of Persons in Adaptation Period of New Normal Towards Productive and Safe Communities against Covid-19.
Under the new regulation, rapid test and PCR test are valid for 14 days upon departure by airplane, so that passengers has more time to carry out checks by rapid test and PCR test.
Previously in Circular Letter 07/2020, rapid test only valid for 3 days and PCR test valid for 7 days at the time of departure.
"Travelers can manage time more flexibly, and we expect flight traffic to increase from July 2020. Angkasa Pura II also set July as a recovery phase amid global Covid-19 pandemic," President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin said, responded to the Task Force's Circular Letter.
He predicts the number of passengers at 19 airports managed by Angkasa Pura II in July 2020 will increase by around 20-25 percent compared to previous month.
In June 2020, aircraft traffic at the company's 19 airports recorded 500-550 movements / day and number of passengers reached 25,000-30,000 passengers / day.
Awaluddin said the increase in aviation traffic was estimated largely be in Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta as the biggest and busiest airport in Indonesia.
Connectivity between Soekarno-Hatta and other airports in various regions in Indonesia will be reopened. Likewise with the frequency of flights on routes that are already active, it is believed to be increasing.
"Soekarno-Hatta is a hub for domestic flights connecting Jakarta with other cities in Indonesia. Therefore, in the recovery phase next month, we expect domestic routes to be active again, "Awaluddin explained. (hlz/hlz)