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Lion Air wants to review
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Lion Air wants to review Boeing-landing ban, Pekanbaru airportPrivate airline Lion Air is planning to review the Transportation Ministry’s banning of Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft landings at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru in wet conditions.The ban was released after two Boeings operated by Lion Air skidded on the runway in February, although no casualties were reported.“We plan to submit a review of the ER-landing ban during rain, but it’s still being discussed at the directors level,” Lion Air Pekanbaru district manager Novianti Harahap said Saturday as quoted by Antara. Novianti said the ban forced Lion Air to divert the landing of ER aircrafts to the nearest airports during rain, which hiked fuel costs. “Our operating costs are swelling, although the safety of our passengers of course remain our priority. Currently we can only hope that the weather in Pekanbaru is okay,” she added.Separately, Joko Sudarmanto, the Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport service and operational division head, said the ban specified no expiration date.He added that so far airport officers could only manually dry the runway if inundated by rainwater.

Private airline Lion Air is planning to review the Transportation Ministry’s banning of Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft landings at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru in wet conditions.

The ban was released after two Boeings operated by Lion Air skidded on the runway in February, although no casualties were reported.

“We plan to submit a review of the ER-landing ban during rain, but it’s still being discussed at the directors level,” Lion Air Pekanbaru district manager Novianti Harahap said Saturday as quoted by Antara. 

Novianti said the ban forced Lion Air to divert the landing of ER aircrafts to the nearest airports during rain, which hiked fuel costs. 

“Our operating costs are swelling; the safety of our passengers remain our priority. Currently we can only hope that the weather in Pekanbaru is okay,” she added.

Separately, Joko Sudarmanto, the Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport service and operational division head, said the ban specified no expiration date.

He added that so far airport officers could only manually dry the runway if inundated by rainwater.

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