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Set a Record, Soekarno-Hatta Airport Passed 1,130 Flights at the Peak of Backflow

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) noted that the movement of aircraft and passengers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport reached a record high since the pandemic.

On Sunday (8/5/2022) or D+5 Lebaran which is predicted to be the peak of the return flow, there were 1,130 flights recorded with 150,000 passengers.

“This has never happened since the pandemic,” said Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi when inspecting Terminal 2 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang, quoted from his official statement, Sunday (8/5/2022).

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He explained, of the total movement of aircraft and passengers, about 40 percent of them go through Terminal 2. That includes 570 flights and there are at least around 3,500 people per hour in Terminal 2.

To anticipate this spike, Budi Karya admitted that he had asked all stakeholders in the aviation sector, both airport operators, airlines, and other related elements, to properly prepare services and handle the flow of arrivals and departures to run smoothly.

“I ask the Director General of Civil Aviation together with the Director General of AP II to directly supervise the arrival of passengers at the peak of the return flow until tonight,” he said.

He also did not tire of urging the public to postpone the return trip today in order to prevent congestion and make the trip more comfortable. He advised the public to start returning on Monday or Tuesday.

This is in line with the government which has given permission for working people to take time off after May 8, 2022. In addition, school children have been added to a three-day holiday period, which originally started school on May 9, 2022, to May 12, 2022.

Especially for civil servants (PNS), the Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform (PAN-RB) has given directions to work from home or work from home. work from home (WFH) during the week following the peak of the reverse flow on May 8, 2022.

“People who haven’t gone home, don’t come home tonight. Come home tomorrow or at the time of Lebaran Ketupat next Tuesday. The trip will be more comfortable,” he said.

On the same occasion, the Director General of Civil Aviation Novie Riyanto explained that he would supervise and ensure that the passenger arrival service at the peak of the return flow went well.

“With the movement of 3,500 people per hour, there are approximately 10,000 bags or luggage per hour. This must be served properly, “said Novie.

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