Indonesia Tightens Airline Rules

The Indonesian Government has introduced a new legislation that dictates that all scheduled airlines, operating aircraft with more than 30 seats, must have a fleet of ten airliners or more. According to Yurlis Hasibuan, Director of Airworthiness and Aircraft Operations at the government’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the law comes into effect on January 12, 2012 and scheduled carriers that fail to meet the deadline will either become charter companies or will be closed down. Additionally, airlines must own some of their airliners, they will not be able to rely solely on leased aircraft to conform.
He went on to say the legislation is designed to encourage companies to develop proper business ethics, improve safety and help them to grow. Today, Indonesia has around 15 scheduled airlines and of these around half will need to acquire additional aircraft to ensure they meet the new ruling. Indonesia’s regulator has been working hard to improve the country’s air safety, since all the nation’s airlines, including national carrier Garuda were placed on the European Union’s blacklist in July 2007, and they are still banned from flying in Europe’s air space.