China-Bali flight routes cancelled, AP I estimates Rp48 billion losses

China-Bali flight routes cancelled, AP I estimates Rp48 billion losses

CEO of PT Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi, in Jakarta, Friday (6/3/2020). ANTARA/Aji Cakti/ac.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I confirmed that the 35 flight routes cancelled from China to Indonesia's island of Bali over the coronavirus scare is estimated to cause Rp48 billion loss to the company.

"Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport is AP I's largest airport. On the first days of the corona outbreak, there was a policy to halt flights from China, and the impact on our airport in Bali was the cancellation of at least 35 flights per day, originating from 22 cities in China, including Wuhan," CEO of PT AP I, Faik Fahmi, stated in Jakarta, Friday.

Out of the 35 daily flights, some 6,800 passengers come in Bali from various cities in China.

"The impact is rather significant, and we have calculated the probable financial losses of our earnings from the cancelled 35 daily flights from China in the Bali airport, which is around Rp48 billion. That is counting only the flights from China," he stated.

PT Angkasa Pura I has temporarily cancelled 158 flights from and to China, starting Wednesday, February 5, under the government's directives, amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Angkasa Pura I operated airports, serving routes to and from China in 2020, including the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Manado Sam Ratulangi Airport, and Adi Soemarmo Airport in Solo.

Details of the number of flights temporarily closed, include the ones operating out of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, with 125 canceled flights per week from 22 destinations in China.

The airlines, with routes to and from China, include the China Eastern, with 14 flights per week; China Southern, 10 flights per week; Citilink, 11 flights per week; Lion Air, 29 flights a week; Xiamen Air, 14 flights per week; Garuda Indonesia, 22 flights per week; and Sriwijaya Air, 25 flights per week.

The Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado has 28 cancelled flights a week from 10 destinations.

The number of airlines with routes to and from China operating at Manado Airport include China Southern, with three flights per week; Citilink, four flights per week; Lion Air, 15 flights per week; Sriwijaya Air; and Xiamen Air, four flights per week.

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