The Jakarta Post
Plane to see: Planes prepare for take off and landing at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, was the airport with the highest rate of air passenger traffic with a total of 773,157 people, an increase of 11 percent from last year's 695,690. The statistic was tracked from June 7, eight days prior to Idul Fitri, to June 17, one day after Idul Fitri.
Meanwhile, in the same period, Frans Kaisiepo Airport in Biak, Papua, recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic at 90 percent. It served 18,984 people, compared to the 10,064 passengers it served in 2017, as reported by PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I.
The state-owned airport operator, which manages 13 airports in central and eastern Indonesia, also saw an 8.4 percent growth in air passenger traffic to 3,138,909 passengers from last year's 2,895,688. In flight traffic, it saw a growth of 9.1 percent to 24,864 flights from 22,773 in 2017.
The 13 airports under PT AP I served 283,456 customers on June 17, an increase of 12.7 percent from the same period last year. The highest rate of air passenger traffic on that day was recorded at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, which served 76,426 people, followed by Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, with 60,900 passengers.
“The reverse exodus at the 13 airports under PT AP I is expected to hit its peak from June 22 to 24,” said Israwadi, corporate secretary of PT AP I, in a press release. “The total air passenger traffic during Idul Fitri from June 7 to 24 is estimated to reach 5,504,107 people, an increase of 6 percent from last year.” (wir/wng)
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