THE LEVEL of flight demand during semester II/2022 is estimated to be higher than in semester I/2022.

“If you look at the number of passengers this year to date, it seems that the recovery in the number of domestic passengers can be achieved by the end of this year,” said flight observer from the Indonesian Aviation Network (Japri), Gerry Soejatman, Monday (7/25).

Gerry also said that the cost pressure from avtur had begun to loosen. Based on his observations, the movement of world oil prices slowly began to decline at the end of June 2022, from US$120 to US$96. Seeing the downward trend, he also hopes that avtur prices will also fall.

However, he admits that the price of crude oil is still very volatile as long as the Ukraine-Russia war continues. The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) mentioned a number of challenges in the aviation sector amid the improving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) for the Transportation Sector Denon Prawiraatmadja noted that there are a number of challenges ahead for the aviation sector.

He explained the challenges of a number of sectors, namely related to the limited availability of aircraft. Currently, there are around 40% compared to conditions before the pandemic. Then, he continued, operating hours are also still limited at a number of airports in Indonesia. Not only that, with the condition of the limited number of aircraft, airline preferences only focus on priority routes.

“There are slots that we have not yet optimized, also related to debt restructuring and stimulus as well as efforts to negotiate with lessors for a new aircraft charter scheme,” he said.

Despite facing challenges, Denon believes that there are still opportunities for optimizing the cargo business and providing pioneering flights on routes with low movement rates. Thus, business actors remain optimistic about sustainability issues to find new ways in the new normal era in the midst of strict policy implementation and the threat of economic depression. [ special]