YOGYAKARTA International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo will be fully operational starting March 29, 2020. This full operation will be marked by the transfer of all flights at Yogyakarta Adisutjipto Airport to YIA, except scheduled and unscheduled flights using propeller planes and VIP flights using private jet.

According to Managing Director of Angkasa Pura I Faik Fahmi in his press release said, there were 54 flights to be moved. 54 The flights consisted of 48 domestic flights, consisting of 24 scheduled departures and 24 scheduled arrivals, and six international flight schedules for Malaysia and Singapore.

“Yogyakarta International Airport is one of the PSN mandated to AP I, specifically to overcome the problem of capacity limitations at Adisutjipto Airport. This transfer is also a solution to reduce the risk of corona virus transmission (COVID-19),” he said.

He added, the removal of all flights from Adisutjipto Airport in the midst of the current situation was also a solution to reduce the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission in the midst of congested passengers and the limited space to apply the concept of social distancing to the maximum at Adisutjipto Airport.

“Yogyakarta International Airport can accommodate up to 20 million passengers per year, with its passenger terminal covering an area of ​​219,000 square meters. The airport also has a 3,250 x 45 meter runway with 15 meters runway shoulders on both sides and has a Pavement Classification Number (PCN) 107 violence and 107 Aircraft and Fire Accident Rescue rescue facilities at YIA into in category 8,” he added.

Faik Fahmi explained that since it began operating on May 6, 2019 until February 2020, Yogyakarta International Airport has served more than 336,823 passengers and 3,843 aircraft movements with 13 domestic routes to Denpasar, Banjarmasin, Palembang, Jakarta both Cengkareng and Halim Perdanakusuma, Palangkaraya, Batam, Banjarmasin , Samarinda, Tarakan, Pontianak, Makassar and Kualanamu.

If the airport starts to operate fully, the operating hours will increase to 24 hours from previously only operating 12 hours from 06.00-18.00 WIB. Meanwhile, the operating hours of Yogyakarta Adisutjipto Airport will change from the previous time at 05.00-21.00 WIB, to 05.00-18.00 WIB.

Faik is optimistic that the airport’s full operation will have a double effect on the economy, tourism and logistics for Kulon Progo to the Central Java region. [photo/special]