Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | 09:39 WIB

Tourism Minister: Air Connectivity is Key to Attracting Foreign Tourists

Tourism Minister: Air Connectivity is Key to Attracting Foreign Tourists (arsitek)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya has asserted that air connectivity is the key to success in attracting foreign tourist visits as well as meeting the target of bringing 20 million foreign tourists to Indonesia.

So far, air connectivity is still a fundamental problem to bring foreign tourists (tourists) to the country. For this reason Menpar Arief Yahya and his entourage visited Angkasa Pura (AP) I and Angkasa Pura (AP) II as airport managers in Indonesia.

The visit of Menpar Arief Yahya to airport managers was considered because airport authority was one of the "Key Success Factors" (KSF) for achieving the target of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia.

Then traffic in most international airports in Indonesia has exceeded capacity, as in DPS (Bali) and CGK (Banten) which are the main gateways for foreign tourists, as well as several other airports that are in great demand by foreign tourists, such as SUB (Surabaya), JOG (Jogja), and BDO (Bandung).

Ministry of Tourism noted, data on foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2017 on average more than 55 percent used a Full Service Carrier (FSC), and the rest used a Low Cost Carrier (LCC). However, it turns out FSC growth averages only 12% far below the LCC which grows on average 21% per year.

"For this reason, Indonesia must have a Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). "De facto 2F Terminal Soeta Airport has become LCCT airport since March 1, 2019, and on May 1, 2019 de jure Terminal 2F has become LCCT," said Menpar Arief Yahya, in a press release on Friday (3/22/2019).

For airport infrastructure itself is currently being accelerated. The construction of new infrastructure such as the New Yogyakarta International Airpot (NYIA) Airport which will be operational in April 2019 and operate for international in October 2019 will boost the number of visitors to Borobudur Temple.

"The operation of the NYIA will increase the number of tourists in Borobudur, which originally ranged from 1 million, could increase to 2 million. Then the second rapid Exit Taxi Way in Ngurah Rai is expected to be completed in October, the impact will be to increase the number of passengers to 39 million, currently at 29 million, "he said.

From the airline side, said Menpar Arief, no fewer than 40 airlines (national and foreign flags) flew to bring foreign tourists to Indonesia. There are 5 Top-Airlines with the largest share of international seats capacity first is AirAsia Group 22 percent, then Garuda Indonesia Group 16 percent, Lion Air Group 14 percent, Singapore Airlines Group 10 percent, and JetStar Group 7 percent which contribute the most to foreign tourists to Indonesia.

"Thanks to the synergy of work with the airport managers AP1 and AP2 and AirNav, it has been possible to increase the ability of airports in Ngurah Rai and Soekarno Hatta, thus allowing Airlines to increase their international capacity capacity," he said.