The transfer was due to Yogyakarta International Airport located in Kulonprogo, already fully operational. “Now the transfer process has been finalized,” said the Managing Director of PT. Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi, after discussing the readiness of the operational transfer of Adisuctjipto Airport to YIA with DIY Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X in Kepatihan, Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Faik Fahmi ensures that the flight operations change is accompanied by accessibility support, such as the readiness of transportation modes that carry passengers in and out of Yogyakarta International Airport. “There are already various choices of modes of transportation to and from this YIA Airport,” he said.
Some buses leave every three minutes from several points without the need to wait for the bus to be filled with passengers or not. There are also airport train modes that leave every hour with City Check-in facilities. That way, airplane passengers do not need to reach the airport to check-in, but able to check-in at several stations in Yogyakarta, such as Tugu Station, Ambarketawang, and at Adisutjipto.
Regarding the transfer of international flights from Adisutjipto Airport to YIA Airport, among them are Silk Air and Air Asia airlines. “YIA Airport able to handle wide-bodied aircraft, we hope there will be more foreign flights here,” he said. After all, Adisutjipto Airport continued to operate for propeller aircraft.
The Governor of DI Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, considers that transferring flights from Adisutjipto Airport to Yogyakarta International Airport, the sooner, the better. “With the new airport fully operational, we believe Yogyakarta tourism will grow more,” he said.
Number of Tourists to Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko Temples Down
In connection with tourism in Yogyakarta and its surroundings, tourist visits to Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Ratu Boko Temple dropped dramatically due to the Coronavirus outbreak. From January to March 2020, the decline in visits reached 40.8 percent than usual. Its composition, as much as 70 percent of foreign tourist arrivals dropped.
Because access to Indonesia by foreign tourists is very restricted, visits to the overseas are also reduced automatically. To remain high for tourists visiting Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Ratu Boko Temple, managers are targeting domestic tourists.
“Now there are even some lock-down countries,” said Edy Setijono, president of PT Taman Wisata Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Ratu Boko Temple, Friday, March 13, 2020. About the coronavirus outbreak, Edy said that his bureau had taken several anticipatory steps.
First, internal socialization so officers understand what the coronavirus is. Second, dissemination to tourists about the spread of the coronavirus. “We also provide information about the coronavirus to people around tourist sites,” said Edy Setijono.
Tourists entering Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Ratu Bowo Temple locations need to undergo a body temperature check. If the standard limit, which is 38 degrees Celsius, is exceeded, then the person must be further examined at the already prepared health post or clinic. If it is indicated that it has a virus, then the suspect is taken to the hospital.
In addition to checking the temperature of the body, hand sanitizers are available at the corners of tourist sites. “So far, there has been no indication of coronavirus exposure, for example, to tourists with high body temperatures and other symptoms,” said Edy Setijono.
He stated many groups of foreign tourists failed to come to Indonesia. The latest, he said, ten cruise ships were canceled anchored in Indonesia where they have a schedule of visiting the Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Director of Marketing and Services of PT Taman Wisata Candi, Hetty Herawati, added, due to the new coronavirus or COVID-19, the number of visits in February 2020 compared to February 2019 fell by 30 percent. In February 2019, there were 16.6 thousand tourists, while in February 2020, there were 11 thousand people.
“Now we are trying to work on local tourists. Turning to domestic tourists,” said Hetty. “We are helped by the government’s policy to increase holidays and joint leave.”