Airport manager, PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) targets the total number of passenger movements at 19 airports to reach 45 million passengers in 2021 or growth 27 percent from last year - Photo by PR Indonesia

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Airport manager, PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) targets the total number of passenger movements at 19 airports to reach 45 million passengers in 2021, said the CEO on Thursday (01/15). The state-owned firm has set 2021 as a period of business recovery after business survival period amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Through Leapfrogging the Corporation, PT Angkasa Pura II will create new businesses and build a bigger ecosystem. For example, the opening of a four-star hotel at Terminal 3 of Soekarno – Hatta Airport in both the domestic and international areas,” said the CEO, Muhammad Awaluddin, in an official statement.

Furthermore, he revealed, AP II would also accelerate the process of digitizing the airport system through the Leading Digital program. The operator also maximizes the synergy of its subsidiaries, such as PT Angkasa Pura Propertindo, PT Angkasa Pura Kargo, PT Angkasa Pura Aviasi, PT Gapura Angkasa, and PT Angkasa Pura Solusi together with its subsidiary PT Angkasa Pura Solusi Integra. and PT Angkasa Pura Sarana Digital.

“The recovery of the national aviation sector is also driven by the size-able domestic market in Indonesia. We also strives so that the aviation sector can continue to contribute in supporting community activities,” noted by the CEO.

Through three main programs and other factors such as national economic recovery, he estimate that the number of passenger movement at the airports owned by the company could increase about 27 percent compared to 2020 of 35.54 million passengers. While, the aircraft movement is projected to be 550,000 movements or an increase of around 33 percent from 2020.

Recently, the major airport operator in Indonesia has cut its revenues target from Rp12.8 trillion to Rp8.96 trillion (US$640 million) caused the impact of COVID-19. The reasoned, the aircraft passengers is declining since the virus outbreak.

“Until the end of this year, our revenue is expected to reach around 70 percent of the initial target in this challenging year. However we will boost our revenue from other sectors such as maximizing the utilization of vacant land, commercial, retail and other divisions,” said the CEO.

Recently, Airport Council International director, Angela Gittens said, that aircraft passenger traffic in the world was initially estimated to reach 9.5 billion passengers in 2020, up 4.39 percent compared to last year 9.1 billion fares. However, looking at the developments of COVID-19, this estimate is believed to have not been reached.

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 air 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.

The Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) also reported 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.

Awaluddin asserted, 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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