The Jakarta Post
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on Indonesian stakeholders to participate in the development of an aviation master plan based on global standards to ensure that the country is served by an aviation industry performing at its best.
'Indonesia's aviation potential is huge. By 2034, it is expected to be the sixth-largest market for air travel. By then, some 270 million passengers are projected to fly to, from and within the country. That's three times the size of today's market,' IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler said in Jakarta on Thursday.
'There is a big role for collective leadership among industry partners, including the government, to make the aviation sector flourish. Indonesia needs an aviation master plan based on global standards and developed in partnership with aviation stakeholders including the government.'
The IATA has identified three top priorities, namely safety, capacity and regulation, that need to be improved in order to enhance the country's aviation sector.
Tyler said that safety remained aviation's top priority and the biggest concern for the successful development of aviation in the archipelago given the fact that Indonesia has had at least one hull loss annually since 2010.
In the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP), Indonesia was assessed as below the global average.
The US Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) has also downgraded Indonesia to Category 2 in its International Aviation Safety Assessment program.
Tyler added that the IATA was investing resources to improve safety in Indonesia, most recently cohosting a quality workshop held in Jakarta last week, supported by flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, the only Indonesian airline allowed to fly to Europe at the moment.
Regarding infrastructure, he said Indonesia's airports were in urgent need of additional capacity.
'But the capacity problem in Jakarta is nowhere near being solved even with the terminal upgrades. Indonesia needs a hub. The most efficient solution is to maximize the potential of one airport, Soekarno-Hatta [International Airport], where significant investment has already been made,' he continued. (++++)
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