The Jakarta Post
After carrying out a thorough audit of flight permits for all domestic carriers following the AirAsia flight QZ8501 incident, the Transportation Ministry imposed sanctions on five domestic airlines on Friday.
Minister Ignasius Jonan said that the companies were national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Wings Air, Trans Nusa and Susi Air.
In total, the government suspended flight permits for 61 routes from the five airlines.
Lion Air, the largest carrier in the country with a market share that reached 42 percent in 2013, committed the most violations, with the government suspending 35 of its routes.
Garuda, meanwhile, committed permit violations on four routes.
Jonan, however, refused to disclose the individual routes violated by the carriers.
'They cannot fly on the routes that they violated and we urge them to propose the routes once again to us,' he told the press at a conference in Jakarta on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
Previously, the ministry sanctioned AirAsia Indonesia on Jan. 2 because it had not obtained its Surabaya-Singapore route flight permit according to correct procedure. AirAsia Indonesia has not been allowed to fly from the country's second biggest city to Singapore since then. (nfo)(++++)
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