Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) is targeting to serve 60 million passengers in 2022 in view of the continuous improvement in flight traffic.

"We are targeting that throughout 2022, the number of passengers at the 20 airports of AP II will reach 60 million cumulatively," President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin said here on Saturday.

According to him, in the January–September 2022 period, the number of passengers recorded at AP II airports reached 44.03 million, reflecting a significant increase of 115.30 percent compared to January–September 2021, when the airports served 20.45 million passengers.

So far this year, there has been an increase in the number of passengers in every quarter: In the first quarter, the number of passengers was recorded at 11.85 million, in the second quarter, their number increased to 16.01 million, and in the third quarter, it reached 16.16 million.

The increase recorded in every quarter has indicated that the recovery has continued to strengthen, Awaluddin observed.

Given the rising trend, in the fourth quarter of 2022, the number of passengers is targeted to reach at least 16 million, in line with the momentum of the 2022 Christmas and 2023 New Year holidays.

"We estimate that in October–December 2022, we can reach at least 16 million passengers," he informed.

He said that the target of 60 million passengers is higher than the initial target set in early 2022 of 41.06 million passengers and the revised target of 57.89 million passengers.

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"The situation amid the pandemic is very dynamic. With the rising trend until the third quarter of 2022, we are optimistic that the number of passengers until the end of 2022 can reach 60 million," Awaluddin said.

He added that as the operator of 20 airports in Indonesia, AP II, together with stakeholders, is striving to consistently maintain air connectivity in the country, including amid the pandemic.

In the midst of challenges presented by COVID-19, AP II has bolstered synergies to ensure the national aviation sector continues to contribute optimally in handling the pandemic and recovering the national economy.

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