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Ministry will wait on flight delay payment rule

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, November 8 2011   /  08:00 am

The Transportation Ministry says it will delay implementing a regulation that would require airlines to compensate passengers for flight delays longer than four hours.

The ministry regulation, No. 77/2011 on airline responsibility, would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2012 because many airlines were not ready, the ministry’s air transportation directorate general spokesman Israful Hayat said on Monday.

“Based on circulation of this regulation after it’s issuance, as well as from input from stakeholders and evaluation by the ministry, we have decided to postpone implementation until the airlines are ready,” he said.

The new regulation was previously scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 8, three months after it was issued on Aug. 8.

Under the regulation, air carriers, charter plane operators and contracted carriers would have to immediately pay each ...