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Jokowi to hold Cabinet meeting on aviation amid safety concerns

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Fri, January 8 2016 | 02:38 pm Safety first: Technicians perform maintenance work on an aircraft at the Garuda Maintenance Facility in Tangerang, Banten. The Indonesian National Air Carriers Association has said that it is committed to ensuring that all its members prioritize aviation security and safety. (Photo: Tempo/Tony Hartawan)(Photo: Tempo/Tony Hartawan)

Safety first: Technicians perform maintenance work on an aircraft at the Garuda Maintenance Facility in Tangerang, Banten. The Indonesian National Air Carriers Association has said that it is committed to ensuring that all its members prioritize aviation security and safety. ( Tempo/Tony Hartawan )

President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo will hold a limited Cabinet meeting on Friday to discuss aviation-related issues after a rating website named the country'€™s airlines among the least safe in the world.

The meeting will be centered on airport patterns and the use of airspace in Java related to the improvement of flight safety.

'€œThe meeting will start at 3 p.m,'€ Ari Dwipayana, presidential communication team head, said in text massage.   

The Indonesian National Air Carriers Association ( INACA ) has questioned the assessment criteria in a survey conducted by airlinerating.com, the results of which were released on Wednesday. The survey results said that Indonesian airlines shared the lowest ranking with Nepali and Surinamese airlines, having been awarded just one out of seven stars.

According to INACA chairman M. Arif Wibowo, clear criteria was sorely needed as the aviation industry was fully regulated.

"Safety is mandatory and the INACA is committed to ensuring that all its members prioritize aviation security and safety. We will always obey the rules and regulations, either those of the Indonesian government, the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO], the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA], the European Aviation Safety Agency [EASA] or other international regulators," said Arif in a press release. ( dan )

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