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Aviation industry sees setback in recovery amid PSBB, public fears

  • Mardika Parama

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Put to the test: Passengers line up for rapid test services at Terminal 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday. Domestic travelers are required to present their tickets and results of their rapid test prior to departure.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesia’s air passenger and traffic rebound saw a setback in September amid the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and low public confidence to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s aviation industry players have said. State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II recorded a 2.6 percent decline in passenger movements at the 19 airports it manages during the first two weeks of September compared to the same period in August. That follows a strong rebound between June and July. AP II president director Muhammad Awaludin said on Sept. 17 that the PSBB policy in various regions continued to affect the aviation industry despite efforts by airport operators to reassure passengers by implementing strict health protocol. In response to the continuous rise in COVID-19 cases, which reached 240,600 on Sunday, The Jakarta administration has...