JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The coronavirus outbreak impact expanding to multi sector. Today, Saudi’ hajj and umrah ministry announced temporary to ban the influx of foreign tourists, including pilgrims to avoid the spread of the virus in the country.
As the largest visitors to Saudi, Indonesia immediately responded the policy, because it would be detrimental travel agencies, airlines, accommodation, hotels and visas. According to the coordinating minister for human empowerment and culture, Muhajir Effendy, the government will examine further the impact to the country.
Commenting on the Saudi policy and virus impact to the aviation sector, CEO of national flight carrier, PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX: GIAA), Irfan Setiaputra admitted, his side will incur significant losses. To curb the impacts, now his side was preparing new routes. Among routes are Brisbane – Denpasar, Denpasar – Delhi, Denpasar – Mumbai, Denpasar – Kuala Lumpur, and Denpasar – Bangkok.
While, CEO of PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I, Faik Fahmi said, the airport operator have seven regular Umrah departures from Surabaya in East Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi. Total 741 flights, take off and landing movement with 281,000 passenger a year.
“The impact is definitely there, but not as bad as Cengkareng (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport) because around 70 – 80 percent from flight from there,” he stated.
Fahmi asserted, his company is estimating loss Rp40 billion every month caused the epidemic. Currently, there are 15 airports have direct flight from Bali, Surabaya and Manado to China mainland with total 35 flights a day and the average number of passengers 6,800 a day.
To avoid more impact to the aviation sector, AP I now have intense communication with domestic and international airlines to boost the domestic flight. He asserted, “Slots that have been used for international use can be for domestic. The way is that we provide incentives.”
While, AP II reported there are 14 flight carrying pilgrims to from Soekarno – Hatta to Saudi. But no further details the impact to the company.
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