IATA urges Indonesia to rectify multiple failings
IATA has called on Indonesia to make significant improvements in its aviation sector, noting multiple failings in areas ranging including safety, capacity and regulation.
“Indonesia’s aviation potential is huge. By 2034, it is expected to be the sixth largest market for air travel. By then some 270 million passengers are expected to fly to, from and within the country. That’s three times the size of today’s market. There is a big role for collective leadership among industry partners – including the government – to make the aviation sector flourish,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in his keynote address to the IATA Aviation Day in Jakarta.
Indonesia needs an aviation masterplan based on global standards and developed in partnership by aviation stakeholders including the government. Such a plan should set a common vision for addressing top priorities such as safety, capacity and regulation. And of course it must be followed by real actions,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in his keynote address to the IATA Aviation Day in Jakarta.
IATA says it is investing resources to improve safety in Indonesia, the most recent being a partnership for quality workshop that was held in Jakarta with the support of Garuda. “Indonesia is not, however, taking full advantage of IATA’s resources. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is a global standard and is at the core of our efforts to improve safety. But of the 62 Indonesian airlines operating scheduled or chartered flights, only Garuda is in the IOSA registry. Making IOSA compulsory for an Indonesian AOC will send a very strong signal of commitment to improve safety. And experience shows us that it will make a difference in safety performance,” said Tyler.
On capacity, Tyler said: ““Soekarno-Hatta cannot be re-developed over-night. So the airport’s scarce existing capacity must be allocated based on the IATA Worldwide Slot Guidelines. The network nature of the airline business means that global standards are critical. Unfortunately there are a large number of instances where Indonesia is not playing by established international rules” said Tyler.”
He also noted: “Increasing traffic puts pressure on air traffic management. There are over 800 aircraft on order by Indonesian airlines. As they are delivered, Indonesia’s already busy skies will become even more crowded. The imminent full introduction of Automated Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS-B) will be a major step forward. But there is lot more work to be done,” said Tyler. He urged Indonesia to improve the skills of air traffic controllers, to move forward with the implementation of Performance Based Navigation and introduce Air Traffic Flow Management (AFTM).
IATA says it is important to have government regulations which are consistent with global standards and facilitate success and growth. “But Indonesia has several regulations which are counter-productive and which treat airlines unlike any other comparable business,” said Tyler.