Kertajati Airport, Majalengka, West Java is ready to implement The New Normal policy in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in the air transportation services sector. BIJB is still waiting for technical direction from the Ministry of Transportation regarding this matter.
President Director of PT Bandarudara Internasional West Java (BIJB), Salahudin Rafi, said that his party had prepared a service scheme that implemented The New Normal policy while waiting for more detailed directions from the Ministry of Transportation regarding the technical implementation.
"Internally, we have drawn up a scheme with the West Java Transportation Office, just waiting for further details from the Ministry of Transportation," Rafi said on Wednesday (5/27).
He explained, from the results of a survey conducted by BIJB on 647 respondents over 10 days (May 17-26), the people who wanted to be able to return to use flight facilities from Kertajati were still relatively high. The survey noted 62 percent of potential passengers intend to travel via Kertajati air.
Then, there are 72 percent more people who are willing to wait one to three months to return to using air transportation. The survey also shows that the application of The New Normal policy in the air transportation sector and the application of health protocols make the confidence of prospective passengers to fly even more solid.
From the results of the study that has been compiled, said Rafi, The New Normal's policy for flight operators includes the application of health protocols to all airport facilities, tenants, airport and airline crews, and cargo services. Then adjust the time and flight schedules, until the arrival and departure arrangements.
Health protocols that have been implemented by Kertajati such as the wearing of masks, the obligation to wash hands, measure body temperature, social distancing, and spraying all airport facilities using disinfectants regularly will continue to be applied.
Passengers are also required to follow social distancing and physical distancing policies, wear masks, wash their hands with soap, and prepare the required documents in a National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) circular related to the criteria for limiting people's trips in order to accelerate the handling of Covid-19.
"Prospective passengers are also asked to be honest, especially related to medical history and legality of travel documents, discipline in applying health protocols, and implementing empathy," Rafi said.
Rafi ensured BIJB's readiness to return to air transportation in the near future. According to him, the average online travel agency (OTA) has opened airplane ticket services as of June 1, 2020. If there is a request to fly from Kertajati, Rafi is sure that the airline will be served. In principle, BIJB is ready to serve with the implementation of health protocols