MAJALENGKA – After structuring the route with Husein Sastranegara Airport (BDO) which effectively began on June 30, 2019, a significant increase in passengers could be felt at Kertajati International Airport (KJT). At least, 86,166 passengers who flight and landed already served by the proud airport of West Java residents.
The result of load factor evaluation (LF) or the occupancy of passengers from June 30 to July 25, 2019, shows that 86,166 passengers are served by four airlines that are Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, LionAir, and Air Asia. “In our records since the arrangement of routes carried out in these two airports, there were around 86,166 passengers who landed and flight. If it counts daily, the passengers here between 3,000 and 4,000 passengers,” said the Director of West Java International Airport (BIJB) Muhamad Singgih, in Majalengka, Friday July 26, 2019.
The number is quite encouraging according to Singgih. As an airport that is projected to be able to divide the burden of flights with Husein Sastranegara, Kertajati has begun to be targeted as a hub for people to fly to several regions in Indonesia.
The second largest airport after Soekarno-Hatta has been able to reach 12 regions such as Balikpapan, Lombok, Pontianak, Denpasar, Padang, Makassar, Medan, Banjarmasin, Batam, Palembang, Pekanbaru, and Surabaya. The average aircraft movement reaches 30 for take-off and landing. Lion Air is the busiest at Kertajati Airport by serving flights to (Pekanbaru, Banjarmasin, Medan, Denpasar, Batam, Makassar, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Lombok, and Pontianak), followed by Citilink with routes (Surabaya and Pekanbaru), then AirAsia with routes (Denpasar and Surabaya) and finally Garuda Indonesia with one flight to Denpasar.
Singgih added, favorite routes are still dominated for Denpasar destination. On average, from every airline that opens routes to the Pulau Dewata, the number above 80 percent of passengers per flight. The increase is felt if entering the weekend that can reach numbers above 90 percent passengers occupancy. The society also relies on the Batam route, which graphically passenger occupancy is never below the 70 percent. Followed by Surabaya, Medan, and Banjarmasin as the destinations of this society.
According to Singgih, Kertajati Airport is not only chosen by the West Java society. As an airport in the east of West Java, a part of Central Java people who entered the catchment area chose Kertajati as the departure terminal. “In several surveys, especially when the Minister of Transportation (Budi Karya Sumadi) came here, there were some Tegal, Brebes residents who chose Kertajati as the place of departure,” he said.
Singgih had predicted this utility because in the feasibility study (fs), several regions in Central Java were included in the airport market share in this Majalengka regency. There are 15 million people in Subang, Purwakarta, Sumedang, Cirebon, Indramayu, Majalengka, and Kuningan as well as Tegal and Brebes who have the potential to choose Kertajati as their flight destination.
For then, the market share of Bandung continues to be encouraged after the arrangement of the BDO and KJT routes. “Now how do we continue to provide awareness and socialization throughout the reach of people who have the potential to fly to various regions in the archipelago, while we continue to explore international routes,” added Singgih.
Nearly a month after the arrangement of the route, PT BIJB and PT Angkasa Pura II continued to evaluate, especially in terms of connectivity. While waiting for the completion of the Cisumdawu toll road which will become the main accessibility to Kertajati, the ease of transportation continues to be improved. The free Damri service continues to be sought after as a choice of people who want to go to Kertajati, especially the residents of Bandung.
“This free Damri is still ongoing. The plan will be extended. This is certainly a form of concern and goodness of the government to the Kertajati Airport as compensation for the incomplete Cisumdawu. We hope that these all facilities for the society will be provided,” added Singgih.
Besides Damri, the society was also given another choice because PT BIJB embraced 12 travel partners who served nine areas in West Java. The area are Bandung, Tasikmalaya, Kuningan, Cirebon, Purwakarta, Sumedang, Majalengka, Indramayu, and Karawang. “Discounts are also given by travel companies who carry passengers to Kertajati. The shuttle directly transports passengers to the terminal,” he explained.
Strengthening promotions has also been carried out where PT BIJB together with the West Java Office of Tourism and Culture (Disparbud) ensure that the hotel is ready to provide a discount of up to 40 percent for passengers who flight through BIJB Kertajati, Majalengka.
Certainty is contained in the MoU of hotel owners under the auspices of the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI) in West Java, Cirebon regency, Indramayu regency, Majalengka regency, and Kuningan regency (Ciayumajakuning).
“So, various efforts that attract people to fly and come here continue to be made. Improvement of the commercial area continues to be carried out. Food tenants, banking, mushola, and several public facilities continue to be added so that the airport is complete in terms of facilities as well,” said Singgih./HUMAS BIJB