The global pandemic is an extraordinary challenge for the global aviation industry - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The global pandemic is an extraordinary challenge for the global aviation industry. Airport Council International (ACI) director, Angela Gittens said on April 3, that aircraft passenger traffic in the world in 2020 was initially estimated to reach 9.5 billion passengers, up 4.39 percent compared to last year around 9.1 billion fares.

However, looking at the developments of COVID-19, this estimate is believed to have not been reached, based on the realization in the first quarter (1Q) of 2020. The passenger traffic in the world in January was 6.9 percent lower than originally estimated. Then in February it was 22.9 percent decreased and March was dropped by 53.1 percent.

Cumulatively, the passenger traffic in the world during 1Q of 2020 was 28.3 percent lower or equivalent to 620 million passengers compared to initial estimates. Seeing these conditions, ACI estimates that the number of aircraft fares in the world in 2020 is only about 5.9 billion passengers or corrected 38 percent (equivalent to 3.6 billion people) compared to the initial estimate of 9.5 billion passengers.

Impacts in Indonesia 

The Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) on March 26, revealed that the number of airplane passengers since last month has dropped dramatically and inline with that the national airlines have reduced the number of flights, both routes and frequencies, by up to 50 percent or more.

Meanwhile, minister of finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated that during January – February 2020 there were 12,703 flights canceled at 15 major airports in Indonesia, consisting of 11,680 domestic flights and 1,023 international flights. She revealed that the air service sector lost revenue of Rp207 billion (US$3.10 million), of which Rp48 billion came from flights to and from China.

The downward trend in passenger traffic and aircraft movement amid COVID-19 is also felt in airports managed by PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II. The CEO, Muhammad Awaluddin noted, the number of fares at the company’ 19 airports this year was initially estimated at 93.92 million passengers. But now, the operator sees the number could lowering to 57.80 million passengers or drops 38.45 percent if the pandemic prolong.

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