Facilitating Flight Access, Several Airlines Simultaneously Open New Routes in Early 2024

Airplane parking at Ngurah Rai Airport Bali (Pic: Tribun Bali)

The surge in people’s mobility after the pandemic has become more noticeable, particularly evident in the increased number of passengers using public transportation, such as airplanes. In response to this notable trend, several airlines have made strategic decisions to introduce a multitude of fresh flight routes at airports under the management of Angkasa Pura AP II as stepping into the early months of 2024.

Deni Krisnowibowo, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Secretary at AP II, emphasized that these new routes by airlines are designed to be direct flights, providing travelers with more efficient and convenient options.

As of January 21, 2024, the latest data reveals that five airports managed by AP II have commenced operating new flight routes for the period spanning January to February 2024. These airports include Kualanamu, Soekarno-Hatta, Radin Inten II, Minangkabau, and Sultan Syarif Kasim II.

The primary objective behind introducing these new routes is to further streamline and enhance air travel accessibility for the general public. Simultaneously, this initiative is anticipated to make significant contributions to the growth of both the tourism sector and the national economy.

Deni expressed his perspective on the matter, stating, “Since the commencement of this year, AP II airports have been actively unveiling new flight routes. We are optimistic that this initiative will considerably ease air travel for the public, catering to both leisure and business travel needs.”

He elaborated on the significance of this effort, emphasizing that it forms part of AP II’s ongoing commitment to sustaining the upward trajectory in aviation traffic, a crucial aspect in the post-Covid-19 landscape from 2020 to 2022. Deni highlighted the collaborative nature of this endeavor, with AP II working closely with airlines and ground handling services, enjoying full support from the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, the Ministry of Transportation, and InJourney Holding.

As this collaborative effort takes flight, it underscores a collective commitment to not only meet the evolving demands of the post-pandemic travel landscape but also to actively contribute to the resilience and growth of the aviation sector and the broader economy.

The strategic opening of these new flight routes signals a positive step forward, aligning with the dynamic needs and preferences of the traveling public in the evolving global scenario.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, throughout the entirety of 2023, the pulse of transportation in Indonesia beat vibrantly, showcasing the active mobilization of both local residents and international tourists. The records speak for themselves, with an impressive 69,835,714 passenger movements documented across 15 airports managed by Angkasa Pura I. This marked a significant surge of 34% compared to the figures recorded in 2022.

Delving into the specifics, the passenger movements at the 15 AP I airports in 2023 comprised 54,851,190 domestic route passengers and 14,984,524 international route passengers.

The growth in passenger traffic throughout 2023 continued the positive trajectory established in 2022, contributing to the ongoing recovery post the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.