Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The aviation business seems to be getting excited amidst the prediction of the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya about the threat of airline bankruptcy. This is indicated by an increase in the number of passengers at a number of airports. Lombok Airport recorded a passenger growth of 188% or almost 3 times in July 2020 compared to June 2020.
Lombok Airport General Manager Nugroho Jati said that as many as 49,861 passengers were served by this airport during July 2020. Meanwhile, in the previous month there were only 17,314 passengers who arrived and departed from Lombok Airport.
The movement of the aircraft in July 2020 also increased. If in June 2020 there were only 333 movements, in July 2020 there were 777 aircraft movements or a 133% growth.
If averaged per day, in June 2020 there were 577 passengers per day while July 2020 there were 1,608 passengers per day. For August 2020, until yesterday the average passenger arriving and departing from Lombok Airport reached 2,315 passengers per day, “added Nugroho Jati.
The increase in the number of passengers and aircraft movements in July was strongly influenced by government policy through the Circular (SE) of the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Covid-19 Number 9 of 2020 which was issued on 26 June, “he explained.
According to the circular, the requirements for prospective domestic flight passengers include a certificate of rapid test results with non-reactive results or PCR (swab) tests with negative test results that are valid for 14 days.
It’s just that, this series of increases is still far from normal before the Covid-19 pandemic. When compared between the January to July 2020 period with the same period last year, the number of passengers and aircraft movements at Lombok Airport recorded a significant decline.
Due to the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic and flight restriction policies, users of Lombok Airport services in January-July 2020 fell by 49% compared to the January-July 2019 period, namely from 1.5 million passengers to only 780 thousand passengers.
Meanwhile, aircraft movements fell from 18 thousand movements last year to 9 thousand aircraft movements in January-July 2020, or decreased by 50%.
Currently, airlines that have re-opened their operations at Lombok Airport are Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air, and Indonesia AirAsia. The routes served include the destinations of Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Bima, Sumbawa Besar, and one destination abroad, namely to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Hopefully, over time, the number of airlines and flight routes will continue to increase. We, as airport managers, are currently promoting health protocols and implementing service procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” added Nugroho Jati.