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

Kwesi Nyantakyi meets President Mills today

first_imgNewly elected CAF Executive Committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi will meet President Mills at the Castle this afternoon to thank him for government’s support for his bid.Joy Sports sources say the two will discuss among other things, Nyantakyi’s new role and how that will impact on Ghana Football.The two are also expected to discuss national team issues including the Black Stars Nations Cup qualifier to be played later this month.The meeting is expected to improve the relationship between government and the GFA.New sports Minister, Kofi Humado will be at the meeting.In an unrelated issue Aduana Stars have denied the alleged knife attack by their Coach Herbert Addo on a fan after Wednesday’s disappointing draw with Liberty Professionals. This follows investigations conducted by officials of the club.Management of Aduana Stars says there is no proof that a supporter was chased by the Local Black Stars coach with a knife.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

FUBA NBL: Warriors out for revenge against wounded Canons

first_img Tags: David DengFUBA NBLRonnie MutebiSaidi AmistopUCU CanonsWarriors Warriors lost to UCU in the first round. (PHOTOS/File)FUBA National Basketball LeagueYMCA Courts, WandegeyaFriday, 16-08-2019 -Ndejje Angels vs Sharing Youths-Warriors vs UCU CanonsWANDEGEYA – Warriors will be eyeing revenge when they take on UCU Canons in one of the two FUBA National Basketball League games to be played on Friday evening.Ronnie Mutebi’s side lost 60-62 to UCU in the first round, one of only two defeats they have suffered all season.The first-round game is one that Warriors will feel they should not have lost and Friday presents a chance to straighten the record.“Friday’s game will help us maintain the low number of losses,” said Mutebi ahead of the game.“We lost to UCU cannons in the first round so we have a score to settle.“We also have just lost terribly to city oilers so we really want to come out of this pit we have put ourselves into.”While Mutebi eyes victory, he is also worried about the threat that UCU poses going into the game.“UCU has proved to also be a title contender so we want to dominate them for us to gauge our preparedness.“We have been hit by many injuries on top of the suspension of Carmelo so the odds are tight on our side but we will go through strong.“It’s a chance for the warriors to prove to the doubters especially ourselves that this year is ours.”Warriors are one of only two sides that are still unbeaten in the second round having won all their 5 games so far. The other is Oilers who are 6-0 in terms of second-round record.For UCU Canons, they come into the game on the back of a first second-round loss of the season.Nicholas Natuhereza’s side lost 64-67 to Oilers on Wednesday night and will very much want to return to winning ways.Going into the contest, David Deng is a major doubt for Canons while Warriors are still without the suspended Saidi ‘Camelo’ Amis.UCU have the best record for the season so far, winning 15 of their 17 fixtures so far.UCU have won 15 of their first 17 games this season.For Warriors, they have won 14 in 16.The other fixture on the night will see Ndejje Angels take on Sharing Youth.After a decent run in the first round, Ndejje have struggled in the second, winning only 2 of their six games so far.For Sharing, they have so far won three and lost as many in 6 second-round games.Comments last_img read more