Aviation industry sees setback in recovery amid PSBB, public fears

first_imgIndonesia’s air passenger and traffic rebound saw a setback in September amid the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and low public confidence to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s aviation industry players have said.State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II recorded a 2.6 percent decline in passenger movements at the 19 airports it manages during the first two weeks of September compared to the same period in August. That follows a strong rebound between June and July.AP II president director Muhammad Awaludin said on Sept. 17 that the PSBB policy in various regions continued to affect the aviation industry despite efforts by airport operators to reassure passengers by implementing strict health protocol. In response to the continuous rise in COVID-19 cases, which reached 240,600 on Sunday, The Jakarta administration has reimposed the PSBB in the capital in a measure that took effect on Sept. 14.“We understand that there are effects of the PSBB policy on the aviation industry. We initially saw a strong rebound between May and August, but the growth rate started to flatten since August,” Awaluddin said during an online discussion held by the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA).AP II data show that monthly passenger movement surged 466 percent month-to-month (mtm) in June, as the government lifted the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) travel ban that had led to a sharp drop in air passengers in May. The uptrend continued in July with 135 percent mtm growth.However, the passenger growth rate slowed to 35.5 percent mtm in August, before contracting in the first two weeks of September. Read also: AP II pins hope on domestic market, expects faster recoveryThe continuous rise of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has depressed the aviation sector, as people cancel travel plans amid restrictions and border closures.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects the global number of air passengers to drop 55 percent year-on-year (yoy) in 2020. That figure marks a downward revision from an April forecast of a 46 percent decrease yoy in air passengers this year.The IATA also now expects a full recovery of global air passenger traffic only by 2024, a year later than its initial estimate, given slow virus containment in developing economies, among others.Fellow state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) I president director Faik Fahmi said air traffic at the 15 airports under its management in early September was also lower than expected, at 47 percent of the normal rate, while the passenger movements figure was 28 percent of the pre-pandemic level.“[The air traffic] and passenger numbers are below our expectations as the public’s confidence in using air transportation remains low,” he said at the same event. “We need a great communication strategy to rebuild public confidence.”Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, speaking at the same discussion, urged the aviation industry to use alternative ways to promote air travel, such as online influencers to revive public confidence and boost passenger numbers.“We have to allocate funds and efforts to promote [the aviation industry’s] safety measures using new ways, such as ‘endorsers’. Airports have implemented strict health protocol, but currently not everyone is convinced,” he said.The ministry’s air transportation director general, Novie Riyanto, echoed the minister’s statement, saying the industry needed to do more to convince the public regarding the safety of air travel, as both the airlines and the government had implemented strict health safety standards.A survey released by AP I in July found that 84 percent of 500 respondents were erring on the side of caution and taking a “wait and see” approach toward embarking on air travel due to the perceived risk of COVID-19 transmission during flights.In addition to the fear of COVID-19 transmission, the high cost of rapid and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, a requirement for air travel, also dampened people’s interest in flying. As many as 78 percent of the survey respondents said they hoped air travel costs would come down.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lady Cats Volleyball Team Participate At Madison Invitational

first_imgThis was a new tournament for the Lady Wildcats. They played Rock Creek in the first match and lost 25-22 and 25-13. They then played the host team Madison and fell to them 25-7 and 25-14. The came back to end the day with a win against Rising Sun 23-25, 25-17, and 15-10.Taylor McCreary had 3 aces, 4 kills, and 7 digs. Kelly Layton had 2 aces, 3 digs, and 15 assists. Autumn McDaniel had 1 kill and 20 digs. Layne Steele 1 kill and 6 digs. Kaitlyn Obert 7 kills and 9 digs. Meredith Bohman 1 ace, 8 kills, 3 digs, and 1 block. Kayley Schoettelkotte 8 kills and 1 dig. Jenna Orschell 3 aces, 1 kill, and 9 digs. Megan Getz dug 16 balls. Kaylee Hedrick 6 kills and 3 digs. Kristin Campbell 6 kills, 3 digs, and 16 assists. Lilli Stewart 6 kills and 1 dig.The Lady Wildcats will be back in action as they host East Central Monday night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.last_img read more

Arsenal move for Ozil

first_imgArsenal are in advanced talks with Real Madrid in the hope of sealing a late move for Mesut Ozil before Monday night’s transfer deadline.Ozil has fallen down the pecking order at Madrid, and will likely fall even further after Bale’s world-record €100m move to the club.The Gunners are reportedly offering a club-record €47-million for the German star’s signature, but are facing opposition from Paris St-Germain.The 24-year-old playmaker, who has created 87 assists in the last three seasons, is said to prefer the north London club.Ozil would be one of at least three signings Wenger is hoping to seal on deadline day after a frustrating transfer window for the club, with bids for Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria all unsuccessful.Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Vivano is currently discussing personal terms to join the Gunners on a season-long loan, and undergoing a medical. But Wenger is also working on a third deal, most likely a proven striker.last_img read more

Lakers’ JR Smith took fatherly advice on his way back to the NBA

first_imgSmith has undoubtedly been rusty in the restart. He said it’s also been difficult being away from his family again: He estimates he spends up to six hours a day on FaceTime with his daughters – even the youngest at 2 years old brings the phone to her mother, eager to call Dad.Earl Jr., like any sports father, thinks his son could benefit from a few more touches. But more importantly, he sees his J.R. fulfilled back on the job.“This is the happiest I’ve seen J.R. in years – the happiest I’ve seen him since he won the championship,” Earl Jr. said. “It was depressing for a while. Every man cries for a reason, and he had a reason. But when J.R. is in something and committed to it, he’s in it 110 percent.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It was a lot, but it’s funny,” he said. “Because once you’re on a bike, and you’re cruising, you don’t really think about it too much until you gotta turn around and go back.”So yes, J.R. Smith’s return to the NBA for the first time since November 2018 is like riding a bike.Everyone is getting used to the strangeness of playing out the season in the Disney bubble, but returning to the structure – the practices, the film sessions, the team dinners – has felt easy for Smith, a 15-year veteran who has spent almost half his life in the NBA.Even though he is the most recent Laker newcomer after signing in June, he has some of the most robust and complex handshakes with teammates that he executes at introductions before every game. He hasn’t played much during the restart, only 54 minutes in five games, but that hasn’t mattered as much as simply being in the league again.When did it feel like Smith had blended into the Lakers’ locker room? Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “The first day he got here: Everybody’s known him,” said Danny Green, who came up in the same Northeast hoop circles as Smith. “We’ve all played against him for years. He’s played with most of these guys here. They’ve all known him, shown love, grew up in the same area with the guy, so first day he was himself, and he was happy and excited. And it was like, he’s here, so he’s just a part of the group.”Shaking a stigmaBy his own admission, Smith’s comeback from the pits of a “depressed state” is a fairly remarkable one.In his last year with the Cavaliers in the 2018-19 season, the franchise began to pivot to a rebuild after LeBron James moved on and was set to reduce his minutes. Smith pushed back. He publicly accused the franchise of tanking, after which Smith and the Cavs agreed to split, with Smith on his own away from the team while a trade could be worked out. The trade never materialized, and he was waived in July 2019, at which point he began to realize getting back in the NBA might be harder than he thought.Smith declined to discuss the specific challenges of getting back into the league with the Southern California News Group, but he told the Inside the Green Room podcast that he believed persistent off-court rumors about his character were to blame – which he and his family have said were unfair.Smith has a reputation as an NBA wild card: His tenure with the Cavaliers included a famous anecdote of him throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, and he also was meme’d for a Game 1 mistake in 2018 when he allowed the game with the Warriors to go to overtime rather than taking a final shot. More seriously, in May, he was filmed in a fight with a man whom he accused of vandalizing his truck during a George Floyd protest in Los Angeles.While Smith acknowledges these past incidents, he also wishes equal weight were given to his track record as an NBA veteran and key player on several title-contending teams.“It is what it is, honestly,” he said. “People are going to have that perception of me. I’m convinced of it. There’s nothing I can really do to change that except just come every day and dedicate myself, and just be consistent.”But it’s hard to be consistent when the professional life you’ve known falls out from under you. Without basketball, Smith came unmoored living with his family in Warren, N.J. He stopped playing basketball, stopped watching basketball, stopped even playing basketball-themed video games. He gained weight. He became less interested in hearing from his agent, Rich Paul, if anyone wanted him because the news was increasingly grim. He got to spend a lot of time with his four daughters, but that was a silver lining as his career slowly kept drifting away.Renewed dedicationOne of the loudest voices in his corner was Earl Jr., who told his namesake son that his career wasn’t over. Smith is close with his dad and listens – “my dad is probably right 90 percent of the time, but don’t tell him that,” he said – and Earl’s message was some serious tough love.“If you ain’t gonna play, now you gotta find something to do,” Earl said he told his son. “I thought, ‘Get your ass in shape, go to L.A. Do your thing. Go make some goddamn money for those little girls.”Smith made the difficult decision to relocate to Los Angeles, where he would have better access to training. Especially during the NBA hiatus, the combination of biking and a vegan diet made him lose 20 pounds – in a show of support, Earl Jr. went vegan for a few months, too.Without this renewed dedication, Smith said, he wouldn’t have been physically ready to play when the Lakers came calling in June to swap him in for Avery Bradley.“The weight I was at, how my body would have had to respond to recovering to playing, I don’t think it would have happened,” he said. “My body wouldn’t have been able to handle it. … At the end of the day, just thank God you have the opportunity to play this game again. Be thankful, be humble, and take it in stride.”Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For a year-and-a-half, the fiercest competition J.R. Smith had was with his brothers – not on the court, but on wheels.It was at the start of the pandemic when the 34-year-old bought a bike, looking for a way to safely get out of the house and lose weight. He’d ride up and down Venice Boulevard. He’d ride through the Pacific Palisades. He’d ride to Manhattan Beach.Always hungry for a contest, the Smith family tracked their biking miles on an app that they checked every day. Earl Smith Jr., J.R.’s father, saw his sons Demetrius and Chris peddling along at about 12 miles a day; J.R. would hit 20 miles: “After a while,” Earl said, “it wasn’t even close.”With practice, J.R. said, he found his mind would simply settle as he rode.last_img read more