Indonesia’s failure to secure a seat on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) council should serve as a wake-up call for the government to revamp the country’s notoriously poor aviation infrastructure, experts say.
Indonesia only won the support of 96 out of 191 member countries during the ICAO meeting to select new 36 council members held in Montreal, Canada, on Oct. 4.
Singapore, on the other hand, managed to get reelected for another term of three years, maintaining control over the regional airspace, including the aerial territory of Indonesia’s Riau and Riau Islands provinces.
Aviation analyst Chappy Hakim said the lack of support from ICAO members for Indonesia was a result of, among other things, the widespread concerns over the country’s poor safety record and infrastructure quality.
“It was pointless for Indonesia to woo co...