The Jakarta Post
The Transportation Ministry has revoked permits for nine of Lion Air's flight routes as the airline failed to provide the services to passengers for 21 days in a row without any explanation.
The ministry's air transportation director general Suprasetyo said that the routes included Jakarta'Jambi, Surabaya'Ambon, Surabaya'Jakarta, Makassar'Jayapura and Lombok'Jakarta. '¨
Suprasetyo said that his institution might revoke more route permits in the near future as it was auditing the management of the country's largest domestic carrier.
Separately, ministry spokesman JA Barata said that the ministry's move was in line with civil aviation regulations and it would not only focus on Lion Air.
'If we find other carriers who violate the rules, we will revoke their permits too,' Barata said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.
Lion Air is currently in the spotlight after a number of flight delays ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday last week caused more than 2,000 passengers to be stranded at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, west of Jakarta.
The situation at the country's main gateway was worsened since the airline was unable to pay refunds to affected passengers, saying that no staff members were available and no banks were open on Feb. 19, Chinese New Year.
State-run airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) came to the rescue by refunding the passengers from its internal cash. (nfo)(+++)
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