The Jakarta Post
The Transportation Ministry has asked the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport authority and airlines to employ operational discipline and ensure that all their airport facilities were running well as flight traffic at the airport increased.
The ministry's director general for air transportation, Herry Bakti Sukma Gumay, said air traffic at Soekarno-Hatta airport was being tightly monitored due to the density of flights. He said the airport's emergency flight slots had been reduced to only 10 percent although they should be kept at 20 percent.
'A 10 percent emergency flight slot ratio is tolerable. It's still safe for flights but it must not be reduced further,' he told journalists in Jakarta last week as quoted by kompas.com.
Herry said Soekarno-Hatta's dense air traffic, which amounted to more than 1,200 flights every day, posed challenges not only to the airport's management but also to the Air Transportation Directorate General, the state-owned Indonesian Flight Navigation Service (PPNPI), also known as AirNav Indonesia, and other flight operators.
'Our current challenge is how to manage air traffic flows,' Herry said.
He added that the airport's management needed to ensure that all airport facilities ran well so as to avoid any disruptions to flights.
'Airline companies should also be disciplined in adhering to their flight schedules,' he added. (ebf)
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