Over 347,000 People Cross Soekarno-Hatta Airport During Lebaran 2024 Homecoming Season

Soekarno-Hatta Airport sees record-breaking 347,000 travelers during Lebaran 2024 homecoming season, as authorities work to ensure safe and efficient travel amidst anticipated congestion.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Over 347,000 People Cross Soekarno-Hatta Airport During Lebaran 2024 Homecoming Season

Over 347,000 People Cross Soekarno-Hatta Airport During Lebaran 2024 Homecoming Season

The Immigration Office Class I Special TPI Soekarno-Hatta recorded more than 347,000 people crossing through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport during the Lebaran 2024 homecoming season. PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero), the airport operator, predicted that on April 6, the peak of the homecoming flow, the number of passengers at 20 airports would reach 317,835.

To ensure smooth airport services and operations, AP II prepared an operation plan, including managing check-in counters, boarding lounges, and passenger flow arrangements. The company also coordinated with ground handling for baggage services and planned aircraft parking allocation. Additionally, AP II airports ran Ramadan-themed activation programs to engage passengers during the busy period.

Why this matters: The high volume of travelers during the Lebaran homecoming season puts significant pressure on Indonesia's transportation infrastructure. Effective management and coordination among various stakeholders are essential to ensure safe and efficient travel for hundreds of thousands of people.

Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi emphasized that safety is the top priority for the 2024 Eid transportation. He stated that vehicle safety inspections (ramp checks) will be conducted by the Ministry of Transportation and the Police, not only for regular vehicles but also for tourism buses. Budi also appealed to the public to avoid using motorcycles for long-distance homecoming trips due to the high risk of accidents.

The Ministry of Transportation, the Police, state-owned enterprises, and private companies will provide free homecoming programs on land routes, trains, and seas. The Ministry has also identified three potential congestion points for the Lebaran 2024 homecoming route: the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road, Merak Port to Ketapang Port, and the sea lanes in Medan, Batam, Samarinda, and South Sulawesi. High traffic is also expected at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.

With the record-breaking number of travelers passing through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and the anticipated congestion at key transportation hubs, the Indonesian government and transportation authorities are working diligently to manage the massive influx of people during the Lebaran 2024 homecoming season. "Safety is the top priority for the 2024 Eid transportation," Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi reiterated, as the nation prepares for one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 347,000 people crossed Soekarno-Hatta Airport during Lebaran 2024 homecoming.
  • AP II prepared operations plan to manage airport services and engage passengers.
  • Safety is top priority, with vehicle inspections and appeals to avoid motorcycles.
  • Free homecoming programs provided, with congestion expected at key transport hubs.
  • Government and authorities working to manage massive influx of travelers during Lebaran.