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Plane Passenger Flow Declines

Report: Hendra: Editor: Isnan Rahardi

TIMUR MEDIA – The flow of passenger planes at the Sepinggan SAMS Airport in Balikpapan, the period from January to April 2020, declined.

The number of passengers declined sharply compared to the same period last year.

PT Angkasa Pura I Balikpapan noted, the number of passengers carried was 1,206,423 people. Consisting of 612,736 passengers arrived, and 593,687 passengers departed.

This number is lower than the same period last year, which reached 1,387,539 passengers. When compared, there was a decrease of 12.3 percent.

Decline in cargo transportation was no less plummeting, namely 21.8 percent. The details, this year, delivery of 9,558,065 kilograms of cargo. Much lower than last year which was able to carry 12,373,938 kg of cargo.

Similar to the reduction in passengers and cargo. The decline also occurred in aircraft movements, which sank around 8.1 percent.

The details, there are 13,470 flights. It was down compared to the same period last year which amounted to 14,822 flights.

General Manager of Angkasa Pura I Balikpapan, Farid Indra Nugraha said, Balikpapan Airport services adjust government policies.

At present there are still flights with an average of 30 aircraft movements per day. He considered this condition could not be avoided because the spread of the corona virus had entered Indonesia.

The most felt impact was the flight route to Jakarta. From the beginning there were eight, it could be reduced to three airlines.

“For the route service, the traffic is still only reduced,” he explained. Since April 1, 2020, he continued, the airport has also implemented operational restrictions.

The decision was taken to carry out the Aviation Security Director Circular Letter number: SE.10 year 2020 dated March 23, 2020 concerning Prevention of Corona Virus Desease Spread in Aviation.

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