Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted a positive growth in the occupancy rate of Indonesian flights. Compared to the previous month, the number of domestic flight passengers skyrocketed by 791.38 percent in June 2020.
"Following the relaxation of the PSBB (large-scale social restrictions), the air transportation has started to move up albeit the rates are still far from those of normal days," said BPS Head Suhariyanto in his office, Central Jakarta, August 3, 2020.
The soaring number of airplane passengers was recorded at all major airports. Juanda Airport in Surabaya reported a 1,087.04 percent hike, Kualanamu Airport in Medan at 694.44 percent, Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang at 534.18 percent, Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar at 504.48 percent, and Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali at 375 percent.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport saw the highest number of domestic flight passengers at up to 174.400. Throughout January-June 2020, the number of passengers of domestic flights at all airports was 18.4 million.
Despite a month-on-month hike, the year-on-year aircraft occupancy rates were still down by 49.67 percent.
Additionally, the occupancy rates of international flights also climbed by 54.70 percent or 18.100 people in June 2020 from May. "However, the year-on-year rates from January-June 2020 dropped by 61.66 percent or 3.4 million compared to the same period in 2019," Suhariyanto explained.