THE MINISTRY of Transportation requested that there be no decline in commercial flights, although regular flight restrictions will be carried out in order to support the G20 Summit.

According to the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi after accompanying President Jokowi to inaugurate the VVIP Building at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, said that my directive to friends is that international commercial flights should not be reduced and we have decided that.

In Badung Regency, Wednesday, Budi Karya also emphasized the same thing for domestic flights, even though the trip was arranged only from Jakarta.

“The consideration is if there are Indonesians to Bali via Jakarta, or those from abroad if they want, they can go to Bali from Jakarta. From the calculations we see and count, approximately 200 movements every day are still awake, the difference is that it was afternoon, now it’s a bit late and earlier. So, there is no reason for the movement to decrease,” said the Minister of Transportation.

The rules for limiting regular flights have been regulated by the Ministry of Transportation through Circular Letter of the Director General of Air Transportation Number 12 of 2022 concerning Flight Operational Arrangements during the G20 Summit at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali.

This was done to balance the flights of the G20 delegates in the VVIP area and regular flights, even though planes from delegated countries were not entirely parked in Bali, but involved airports in Lombok, Makassar, Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang, and Jakarta.

“So we do air travel carefully because these VVIP guests must be considered, therefore we have prepared slots for each country with certain hours so that they are well organized, so that commercial flights continue to run,” said Budi Karya.

The Minister of Transportation sees that later not all delegates will use private or state-owned aircraft, but many will use commercial flights, this is also the reason for the movement to continue.

“If our brothers and sisters are going to Bali, do it before November 13 and after November 17 because the place is a bit less flexible, if you still want to take another flight and make this complicated,” he remarked.

As for what is officially regulated in a circular letter from the Ministry of Transportation, the operational hours are set for 24 hours and commercial flights are prohibited from parking overnight (Remain Over Night/RON) starting from 12-18 November 2022. [antaranews/photo special]