THE Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) ensures that the Safe Travel Campaign, which has been implemented since early August 2020, is able to increase people’s confidence to fly again. The implementation of strict health protocols by airlines and airport managers is a factor motivating people to travel again.

According to the Chairperson of INACA, Denon Prawiraatmadja, the airline association he leads has conducted a Safe Travel Campaign starting August 7, 2020 by promoting the health and safety of flights to Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali and Kualanamu Airport, Medan. In addition to involving its member airlines, INACA also embraces PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) and PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) as airport managers, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), AirNav Indonesia, and hospital managers to run the campaign.

“Today, we will conduct the same campaign in Yogyakarta. Apart from Bali, of course Yogyakarta is the main tourist destination in Indonesia. Therefore, it is important for us to conduct this campaign in Yogyakarta,” said Denon at Terminal 3, Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng.

Meanwhile, the CEO of PT Whitesky Aviation stated that the COVID-19 pandemic which had halted most of the airline’s operational activities had reduced the number of airplane passengers during Semester I 2020. The number was less than 19 million passengers, unlike previous years. So, through this safe travel campaign, we are targeting to be able to break the 20 million return passengers.

“Since the safe travel campaign was intensively carried out in early August, the number of aircraft carrying passengers has increased significantly. At Soekarno-Hatta, the amount of traffic or aircraft movements has exceeded our psychological target of 500 movements per day. This means that people are confident again about flying, because they have the correct information regarding aviation health and safety standards,” he explained.

This was approved by the Acting Officer (PTS) GM of Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) Angkasa Pura I, Agus Pandu Purnama. He noted that government policies and safe travel campaigns conducted by INACA have helped increase flight activities through the airports it manages.

“In the past month, the average number of passengers per day at YIA airport has reached 4,500 pax. Previously it was difficult to reach 2,000 pax. Then the plane traffic also increased from 30 flights to 46 flights per day,” Agus said.

He added that since the Ministry of Health allowed the rapid test results for prospective passengers to be valid for 14 days, public interest has increased again. Alhamdulillah, YIA has also been named the best airport that carries out health protocols from the government. We hope that in the next 1-2 months the number of passengers will return to normal. []