State-owned airport operators Angkasa Pura I (AP I), Angkasa Pura II (AP II) will no longer manage air traffic controllers after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed the regulation needed to serve
as the legal umbrella for the establishment of a new corporation in charge of Indonesia’s air traffic services, a government statement has said.
The Government Regulation (PP) No. 77/2012 on Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Organizer Bodies stipulates that the corporation will be in the form of a Perusahaan Umum (Perum) or a government-owned company with a special task, according to a statement by the Cabinet Secretariat made available on Tuesday.
“The regulation was signed by the President on Sept. 13,” the statement says.
The regulation is a mandate of the 2009 Aviation Law that authorizes the government to transfer air navigation service management from airport operators to a non-profit institution in order to improve the country’s air traffic services.
According to the regulation, in the initial phase, the firm will be filled by officials from state-owned operators AP I, AP II, as well as the Transportation Ministry’s technical operation units (UPT).
The separation of air traffic navigation organizers from airport controllers is believed to be aimed at making air navigation services more effective and efficient and in the end, improve flight safety.
The regulation also stipulates that the transfer process will be carried out in gradual steps.
There are currently some 200 airports nationwide controlled by PT AP I, AP II, and the ministry’s UPTs.
“The transition for the Western Area, which is centered in Jakarta, and the Eastern Area (Makassar), will take the longest, one year after the Perum is established,” the regulation stipulates.
The transition for the organizers of navigation services currently handled by the ministry’s UPTs will be done by the end of the second year after the Perum’s establishment, according to the regulation.
The company will be based in Jakarta, but will be allowed to open branches if necessary.
It covers basic flight navigation services including Air Traffic Service (ATS), Aeronautical Telecommunication Services, Aeronautical Information Services (AIS), Aeronautical Meteorological Services and Information services for Search and Rescue (SAR).
The regulation mandates the transfer of Transportation Ministry assets worth Rp 100 billion (US$10.42 million) to serve as the Perum’s initial capital.