Passenger Traffic at Sentani Airport Increases 37 Percent, Reflecting Economic Growth

goodmorningpapua.com – Sentani Airport recorded an increase in passenger traffic by 37 percent or increased to 120,550 from 88,401 and 4,105 flights compared to the February 2021 period of 3,473.

The raise in the number of passengers occurred on February 5, 2022 or 2,650 with the number of passenger arrivals reaching 2,535 or the highest in February with a total of 5,185 passengers.

“The increase in passengers in February 2022 was 37% with the movement of aircraft arriving and departing up to 18%, compared to last year for the same period, namely in February 2021,” said A Stakeholder Relations Manager of Sentani Airport, Surya Eka in Sentani, Monday 14 March 2022.

If calculated based on the airline, continued Eka, in detail the movement of passengers both arriving and departing in February at Sentani Airport was the Lion Group with a total of 80,776 passengers.

While the second highest was Sriwijaya airline, carrying 16,996 passengers, followed by Trigana with 11,013 passengers.

In that time frame, Eka said that the most popular departure route was the destination Sentani-Makassar with 10,928 passengers, while the Sentani-Timika route had 10,172 passengers and Sentani – Biak had 7,780 passengers.

Eka predicts that there will be an increase of around 20 to 40% of arriving and departing passengers at Sentani Airport after the provisions for the Guidelines for the Implementation of Domestic Travel (PPDN) are relaxed.

“With the releasing of regulations from the Covid-19 Task Force that negative results of the RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test are no longer an absolute requirement for traveling domestically, the daily traffic at Sentani Airport has increased by 19% where the average is 4,300 passengers from previously 3,600 passengers per day,” said Eka.

In addition to the increase in the number of passengers, cargo services at Sentani Airport also increased by 24%, which was 10,978,783 Kg compared to the February period of the previous year which was only 8,880,525 Kg.

“During February there was the highest number of cargoes on February 2, 2022 with 570,199 kg consisting of 504,873 kg departing cargo and 65,326 arriving cargo,” said Eka. He appealed to all service users to continue to comply with applicable travel regulations and maintain the application of health protocols. Prospective passengers are also required to fill out an e-Hac in the Cares Protect application before departure or at the latest a day before the flight schedule.

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