Transportation was one of the sectors that was significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Airline operators until the voyage must then accept the fact that the number of passengers has drastically reduced so they have to make many adjustments.
Even so, as a platform that moves passengers from one point to another, the transportation players think hard to maintain revenue, instead of the lack of passengers. Logistics is a logical choice considering that they have an empty fleet that can be filled with shipment goods.
President Director of Garuda Indonesia, which is now maximizing the empty fleet for cargo. Irfan gave an example when a customer in Jakarta ordered souvenirs in Jogjakarta, he guaranteed that tomorrow afternoon he would reach the front door of the house.
"From the first we only focus on passengers. But now we have to think in the business of shipping goods," said Irfan in the MarkPlus Industry Roundtable transportation sector, Friday (6/19/2020).
Likewise, Managing Director of the Indonesian National Shipping (PELNI), Insan P Tobing, said that during this crisis, passengers had actually shrunk even less than 10 percent.
Every month at least Pelni has the ability to carry around 200 thousand passengers.
"If the count is not up to 1 percent. In April we only carried 523 passengers. In May, we carried 700 Lebaran days. Instead of wasting costs, our fleets keep at several ports in stand by mode. If needed, we are ready, "Insan said.
So inevitably in the present moment the business must be maximized. Actually, Pelni, which started pioneering cargo since 2015, moreover a year later, Pelni started to have a cargo ship.
Furthermore, Blue Bird also admitted that since the pandemic, they began to look at the logistics business in the city. Previously, taxis were used to carry passengers, but now what is delivered is goods.
"This business is selling well during the pandemic. And it is not only passenger or individual goods that we deliver, but also corporate-class logistics," concluded Blue Bird Chief Marketing Officer Amelia Nasution.