December 17, 2020, 10.14 PM
The Indonesian airlines industry experienced a drastic downturn in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic. DOK PT ANGKASA PURA II (PERSERO) The Indonesian airlines industry experienced a drastic downturn in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian airline industry experienced a drastic downturn in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Denon Prawiraatmadja, Chairman of the Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA),  said that while the market absorbed nearly 91 million domestic and international flight passengers, the Covid-19 pandemic brought that figure down to around 30 million.

As such, the industry lost nearly 60-70 million flight passengers since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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The heavy losses were a result of the massive plunge in the number of international travelers visiting the Southeast Asian country.

“The impact in the decreasing figures for international travelers caused the economic performance to go from a growth of 5.17 percent in 2019 to a contraction of 5.2 percent this year.”

Confident in the domestic market

Despite the dwindling numbers of foreign visitors, Denon remains confident in the domestic market to prop up the Indonesian airline industry.

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The advantage Indonesia has is in its geographical landscape, specifically its being an archipelago, thus making the Indonesian airline industry vital to meet the nation’s transportation demands.

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