Flight traffic at 19 airports managed by PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) surged by 143% in July 2020 to 1.52 million passengers compared to 627,576 passengers in the previous month.
Meanwhile, aircraft movements in July were 21,431, up 65% from the previous month's 13,020 movements. Freight transportation also increased 14% from 43.162 million kilograms to 49.076 million kg.
Specifically at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport—the largest airport in Indonesia, number of passengers during July 2020 was recorded at 897,559 passengers, up 125% compared to June 2020 with 398,223 passengers, with aircraft movements rising 68% to 12,270 movements.
Angkasa Pura II Director of Operations and Services Muhamad Wasid said, slot time utilization at the airports also continued to increase. In July 2020, slot time utilization was around 30%, for example in Soekarno-Hatta which reached 32%.
"Restoration of aviation traffic this year amid Covid-19 pandemic has taken place since mid-June, in line with regulatory support through various policies and the application of strict health protocols at airports and aircraft so as to maintain public confidence in the national aviation sector," he said.
This August, Wasid estimated the number of passengers, aircraft movements, and flight slot time utilization will increase.
As an illustration, on Monday (3/8), number of passengers in Soekarno-Hatta reached 37,000 people with 400 flights, where this figure is quite high for the beginning of the week especially after long weekend on July 31-August 1.
For information, Angkasa Pura II currently manages 19 airports, they are Soekarno-Hatta (Tangerang), Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta), Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (Palembang), Kualanamu (Deli Serdang), Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Pekanbaru), Silangit (Pekanbaru) North Tapanuli).
Then, Raja Haji Fisabilillah (Tanjung Pinang), Supadio (Pontianak), Banyuwangi, Radin Inten II (Lampung), Husein Sastranegara (Bandung), Depati Amir (Pangkalpinang), Sultan Thaha (Jambi), HAS Hanandjoeddin (Belitung), Tjilik Riwut (Palangkaraya) and Kertajati (Majalengka), Fatmawati Soekarno (Bengkulu), Sultan Iskandar Muda (Aceh), and Minangkabau (Padang). (hlz/hlz)