Topics : “Such crisis has also hit supporting industries, such as aircraft maintenance, ground handling and travel agents. Therefore, INACA is really hoping for a positive response from the government to avoid more job cuts,” the chairman said.A drastic drop in flight frequency and vast flight cancellations have been reported since January. Angkasa Pura I (AP I), for example, saw massive flight cancellations between January and February at its 15 airports across the country due to decreasing demand.During the period, AP I reported that as many as 12,703 flights with about 1.67 million passengers had been canceled – 11,680 of which were domestic. “If there is more uncertainty about when COVID-19 can be contained, this will worsen the aviation industry [situation] and may even lead to operational termination due to bankruptcy,” Denon said in an official statement.He added that airlines had been halting operations and laying off employees to reduce financial loss.Denon went on to say that the industry needed help in the form of fiscal incentives, such as corporate income tax payment postponement and spare part import duty suspension, as well as stimulus from the government through discounts on several fees to keep the industry alive during the pandemic and recovery period.Moreover, the industry hopes state-owned enterprises (SOEs) provide assistance, including with a reduction in airport and navigation fees. If the government and SOEs did not immediately respond to such demands, Denon said there would be more massive layoffs to ensure the airlines’ survival. A number of Indonesian airlines have started taking efficiency measures amid challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by laying off employees, ranging from pilots, flight attendants, technicians to other supporting crew, as reported by the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA).The pandemic has hit the airline industry hard, with many airlines forced to cut both international and domestic flights due to travel bans and restrictions to several countries. Virus fears have also held people back from traveling by air.INACA chairman Denon Prawiratmadja said on Thursday that there had been a drastic decline in the number of air passengers since early March, causing all airlines to cut flight frequency and routes by 50 percent or more.
Jerseys for players and coaches presented; competition to kick off shortlySPONSOR of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-11 League, USA-based Guyanese Ralph Green, recently presented branded jerseys to the association that would be handed over to the players and coaches of the 10 partcipating teams.Green, who was on a short visit to Guyana, was hoping to see the kickoff of the tournament but the current prolonged rainy season put paid to his hopes, as grounds on the East Bank have been rendered unplayable for the past two months and counting.In handing over the jerseys to EBFA president Franklyn Wilson, Green said that he was eager to see the players in action but is hoping to be back during the competition or for the conclusion to enjoy the youngsters in action.He noted his pleasure in continuing to support grassroots development of the game on the East Bank and has promised to continue to work closely with the association to make the tournament a continued success where players will look forward to being a part of it, annually.Apart from the players’ and coaches’ jerseys, a set of polos also branded were presented to the EBFA Executive. The competition when it gets started will see association branded balls used.Thirty-four numbered playing vests, one first aid kit, two captains’ armbands, five backpacks and 74 medals (first- to fourth-placed teams) were also donated by Green.Only players born on or after January 1, 2006 will be eligible to participate in the tournament.Agricola Red Triangle are the inaugural champions and will be going all out to retain the crown but will have to contend with nine other teams. Craig Primary placed second last year with Grove Hi Tech third and Friendship All Stars, fourth.Agricola’s Floyd Boyce was the MVP of the League. He also finished as the joint top goalscorer with Grove’s Tyrese Jones. Agricola also won the best goalkeeper trophy which went to Adam Wilson.The Most Improved Player award was presented to Joshua Moore of Craig Primary while Shavi Atkinson of Friendship All Stars was adjudged the Most Promising Player.