Record-Breaking Number of Passengers at AP II Airports in May 2023: A Sign of Increasing Mobility

Soekarno-Hatta Airport

The mobility of the Indonesian population continues to soar, exemplified by the remarkable surge in passenger movements at all Angkasa Pura II or AP II airports in May 2023. With a staggering count of 7.14 million passengers, this figure stands as the highest recorded number in the past three years, considering the pandemic-induced slump that commenced in 2020.

Throughout the month of May 2023, a total of 53,486 flights took off and landed at AP II airports, while the cargo volume reached an impressive 58.88 million tons. These statistics not only underline the surge in passenger activity but also emphasize the resilience of the aviation industry amidst a challenging period.

The remarkable growth is further highlighted by a 14% increase in passenger numbers compared to April 2023, when the count stood at 6.27 million passengers. Moreover, in a more comprehensive year-on-year comparison, the upswing amounts to an even more substantial 18% increase from May 2022.

Muhammad Awaluddin, the President Director of AP II, expressed his observations regarding the passenger movement in May 2023, stating that it closely resembles the pre-pandemic conditions of 2019.

He commented, “May 2023 marks the busiest month for AP II since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. The number of passengers recorded in May 2023 is the highest we have witnessed since the pandemic struck, nearing the levels experienced before the crisis unfolded. This achievement is the result of effective coordination between AP II, airlines, and other stakeholders in successfully managing and accommodating the surging demand during this recovery period.”

Awaluddin further emphasized that the record-breaking number of passengers in May 2023 is a testament to AP II’s resilience and its ability to seize opportunities amid the ongoing recovery.

He explained, “During this phase of recovery, we have diligently executed the Regrowing Business Ecosystem program, which encompasses various initiatives aimed at revitalizing the aeronautics sector. By maximizing and optimizing the available flight slots at our airports through strategic collaborations with airlines, we have successfully stimulated growth within the industry.”

The positive trajectory of the national aviation sector’s recovery is also acknowledged by Awaluddin, who highlighted the significance of AP II’s accomplishment.

He stated, “The record-breaking passenger numbers observed at AP II airports signify the steady recovery of the national aviation sector. It serves as a remarkable indication of the progress made in our collective efforts to revitalize and fortify the industry.”

Agus Wialdi, the Director of Engineering at AP II, further emphasized the capability of the airport’s facilities to support the increased flight traffic experienced in May 2023.

Wialdi remarked, “The airside facilities, including runways, taxiways, and aprons, across all 20 AP II airports have been optimally designed to cater to the burgeoning demand, ensuring seamless operations and efficient services.”

The surging number of passengers at AP II airports in May 2023 not only signifies the restoration of travel confidence among the Indonesian populace but also reflects the resilience and adaptability of the aviation industry in the face of adversity. As mobility continues to surge, the collaborative efforts of AP II, airlines, and stakeholders pave the way for a robust recovery and a promising future for the national aviation sector.