IT WAS admitted that there was a decrease in passengers at Soekarno-Hatta (Soetta) International Airport (Soetta) after the outbreak of respiratory disease due to a new type of Corona Virus (COVID-19).

According to the Managing Director of PT Angkasa Pura II Muhammad said we see the impact there was from what we noted during January normal flights, even aircraft movements grew 3% and passenger movements also grew 3%, but in February and March 2020 were different, aircraft movements fell 6% and passengers down about 4-5%.

“The impact of the spread of COVID on the national aviation industry first occurred on January 22, 2020 when the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, China was isolated. Furthermore, the decline strengthened again as of February 5, 2020 at 00.00 with temporary operational flight stops to and from mainland China to this day and continued on February 27, 2020.

He added, in March the impact was quite large, there was a possibility that the total number of affected flights approaching the number of 1,110 flights would have a significant impact on the reduction in international passenger movements that we estimated in March of around 9%.

“Moreover, Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the largest airport in Indonesia with a composition of 75% domestic flights and 25 international flights, the number of passengers every day reaches 200 thousand people and nearly 1,200 flights,” he said.

He explained again, we estimate the impact on company revenue because flight traffic, especially revenue streams, this has not been calculated on a large scale, but we also want to calculate the associated impacts, for example from tenant, cargo, and other aspects that will be calculated, but we will look for revenue alternatives through our non-aero business.

Despite the decline in revenue, AP II has also implemented scans for international passengers entering through Soetta Airport, namely through thermal scanners and thermal guns.

“So a static thermal scanner is installed on 4 cameras on international arrivals and works effectively through a surveillance mechanism. We are also adding mobile thermal scanner facilities specifically for special lanes from 4 countries that do need strict supervision namely China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. , “he said.

According to him, flights from Iran, Italy and South Korea are still open. Also read: AP II: Soekarno-Hatta Airport still serves the Jakarta-Seoul route. [antaranews/photo special]