Less domestic passengers arriving during public holiday, but why?

Image: Citilink plane takes off from Ngurah Rai. Credit: imortorium.com

Yesterday’s national holiday of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was postponed from Tuesday, October 19, 2021, to yesterday Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to slow down mobility and seemed to have worked. Or was it that at all?

According to arrival numbers at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, Tuesday (19/10/2021) and Wednesday (20/10/2021) there wasn’t much of a jump in number of arrivals.

However, this could also have been caused by confusion about the change to PCR tests requirements on arrivals, as every hour there appears to be contradicting reports in the media on whether an antigen or PCR test is required.

“Traffic data on the movement of domestic passengers Tuesday and up to 6pm yesterday showed a slight increase, but it was not significant when compared to weekends,” Public Relations Manager at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, Taufan Yudhistira told Tribune Bali.

“There was a increase in arrivals yesterday of around 500 passengers. I don’t know for sure if the increase is a result of the national holiday of the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday or not,” added Taufan.

Taufan said that at the end of last week or October 15-17, 2021, the arrival of domestic passengers for 3 consecutive days reached more than 10 thousand.

Or in detail, on October 15, there were 10,254 passengers, October 16 served 10,258 passengers and October 17 served 10,553 passengers.

We will be following the PCR vs antigen test story closely today.


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