The government, through the Ministry of Transportation, has provided a stimulus in the form of subsidized airline tickets for domestic flights to revive the tourism sector as of today until December 31st.

The subsidy is provided in the form of waiving the Aircraft Passenger Service fee (PJP2U) at 13 airports that are links to a number of priority tourist destinations.

Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Novie Riyanto said that the 13 airports in question are Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang (CGK), Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam (BTH), Kualanamu International Airport, Deliserdang (KNO), I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), Kulon Progo International Airport, Yogyakarta (YIA), Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Jakarta (HLP), Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport, Lombok, Praya (LOP), Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang (SRG), Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado, (MDC), Labuan Bajo International Airport (LBJ), Silangit International Airport, North Tapanuli (DTB), Blimbingsari International Airport, Banyuwangi (BWX), and Adi Sucipto International Airport, Yogjakarta (JOG).

Aside from the stimulus for passengers, the government also provided relief to operators at the 13 airports.

“The PJP2U stimulus hopefully will be good news for flight operators and airport operators, with the hope of increasing users of air transportation services. But on the other hand, aviation stakeholders are still required to comply with the Director General’s Circular Number 13 of 2020,” Novie said in an online press conference yesterday (22/10).

Novie explained that in total, the tourism transportation stimulus that was disbursed by the government amounted to IDR 216.55 billion. For the PJP2U tariff exemption, which significantly affects ticket prices at the 13 airports, the budget is set at IDR 175.74 billion. The remaining Rp. 40.81 billion shall be used to upgrade flight facilities and aircraft landing aids.

Thus, certain costs that are normally charged to airport operators over the next two months will be borne by the government.

The goal is to ease the burden on airport operators’ operational costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is hoped that with this stimulus, the public will receive relief towards various purposes, which will ultimately have a significant impact on economic growth in areas such as the tourism industry, and the small and medium enterprises (UMKM) sector,” he concluded.

Author: HL

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