PT ANGKASA Pura (AP) I recorded that it had served 52,294,618 passenger movements at 15 airports that were managed throughout 2022. This number grew 84% when compared to the number of movements in the 2021 period of 28,466,216 passenger movements.

According to the President Director of PT Angkasa Pura I Faik Fahmi stated that 2022 is the beginning of the revival of the national aviation industry. As well as being the beginning of the company’s performance recovery.

“After being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic from the start of the second quarter of 2020, Angkasa Pura I’s operational performance in 2022 has started to show positive performance,” he said in a written statement on Wednesday (01/11) 2023.

Passenger, aircraft and cargo traffic in 2022, according to Faik, is the company’s backbone, and will grow positively compared to 2021. At the beginning of 2022, the company set a target of 35 million passengers to be served throughout 2022.

“The realization is 52 million passengers. The achievement of 49 percent higher than this target is certainly an achievement for us,” said Faik.

Growth is also experienced in the number of aircraft movements in 2022. With a total of 552,778 movements in 2022, or a growth of 36% compared to the number of movements in 2021 of 408,008 aircraft movements.

As for cargo movements, Angkasa Pura I’s 15 airports served a total of 464,326 tons of cargo. Or experiencing a growth of 7 percent compared to the number of cargo movements in 2021 of 433,887 tons of cargo.

“This cannot be separated from the increasing interest of the Indonesian and international people to travel by air transportation. This increase in public interest is also inseparable from the improved handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, both nationally and globally,” Faik remarked.

Of the total 52,294,618 passenger movements, it was divided into 46,438,326 passenger movements on the domestic route and 5,856,292 passenger movements on the international route. For aircraft movements, out of a total of 552,778 movements, it is divided into 516,856 aircraft movements for domestic routes and 35,922 aircraft movements for international routes.

As for cargo movements, out of a total of 464,326 tons of cargo served at 15 airports, 428,985 tons of domestic cargo and 35,341 tons of international cargo were served.

“Throughout 2022, domestic routes will still dominate compared to international routes. However, specifically for international routes, we will record a spike in growth in 2022 compared to 2021,” he noted.

As for passenger movements in 2021, Angkasa Pura I will serve as many as 109,743 international route passenger movements. “Meanwhile, in 2022, there will be 5,856,292 international route passenger movements served by 15 Angkasa Pura I airports,” said Faik.

However, Faik added, that number was still quite far when compared to the number of passengers on international routes in 2019 which reached approximately 18 million. Even so, 5.8 million passengers on international routes in 2022 is a very good start for the company in order to recover the company’s operational performance.

“This is of course also in line with the government’s program to revive tourism as one of the pillars of the national economy,” Faik concluded. [antaranews/photo special]