THERE are 11 airports managed by Angkasa Pura I providing rapid test services for airport service users to facilitate them in fulfilling the required documents before making air travel in accordance with the Circular Handling Task Force COVID-19 Number 9 Year 2020.

According to the President Director of PT Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi said the rapid test service, which can be utilized by other general public around the airport, began to open at the Angkasa Pura I airport since July 22 and July 27, 2020.

“The 11 airports are: (1). I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, (2). Juanda Airport Surabaya, (3). SAMS Sepinggan Airport Balikpapan, (4). Sultan Hasanuddin Makassar Airport, (5). Yogyakarta International Airport at Kulon Progo, (6). Jenderal Ahmad Yani Airport Semarang, (7). Adi Soemarmo Airport Solo, (8). Syamsudin Noor Airport Banjarmasin, (9). Lombok Praya Airport, (10). El Tari Kupang Airport, (11). Jayapura Sentani Airport,” he said.

He explained, to make it easier for prospective passengers to air travel during this pandemic, Angkasa Pura I provided rapid test facilities in the airport area while still being disciplined in implementing health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“With this service, it is expected that prospective aircraft passengers can be more confident and still feel comfortable when they want to travel on air. The rapid test service at 11 airports is carried out in collaboration with each of the local clinic or hospital partners under the coordination and supervision of the local Port Health Office,” he noted.

He added, for example at Balikpapan Sepinggan SAMS Airport, Angkasa Pura I collaborated with Pertamina Balikpapan Hospital to provide rapid test and PCR test services. While at Banjarmasin Syamsudin Noor Airport, Angkasa Pura I is working with a subsidiary of Angkasa Pura Supports and Syifa Medika General Hospital.

“The fee charged is Rp150,000 for one test with the results of the examination that can be immediately known in the span of about 30 minutes. This rapid test service is opened every day with a variety of service times, between 07.00-15.00 local time and 08.00-16.00 local time. For example at Banjarmasin Syamsudin Noor Airport, when the rapid test service was opened from 07.00-15.00 WITA and the service at I Gusti Ngurah Bali Airport was opened at 08.00-16.00 WITA,” he added.

Angkasa Pura I always applies health protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the rapid test service location at each of these airports. The officers are required to carry out a body temperature check before duty, using personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of a face shield, a mask, gloves, and protective clothing. In addition, the rapid test service area is also routinely disinfected to ensure cleanliness.

Not only officers who are required to obey health protocols, so are candidates for rapid test participants. Prospective participants are required to wash their hands and check their body temperature before entering the inspection area. The use of masks and the application of physical distancing are also carried out in this area.

Furthermore, prospective participants register by carrying an identity card and fill out the form provided. After that the rapid test participants can do a health check with the doctor and take blood samples. After completing the test, the participants are expected to remain in the waiting room until the results of the rapid test come out.

For information, from July 1 to July 25, the number of passenger traffic at 15 Angkasa Pura I airports reached 1,068,390 people, higher than passenger traffic in June 2020 which only reached 648,567 people. [ special]