The Jakarta Post
State-owned air navigation firm Flight Navigation Service, also known as AirNav, has earmarked Rp 800 billion ((US$59.9 million) to improve its flight security system for the western part of the country this year.
The funds, which represent 33.3 percent of its total capital expenditure of Rp 2.4 trillion for this year, will be used to buy new devices, including radars, for Jakarta Air Traffic Service Center (JATSC), according to president director Novie Riyanto.
“This year we will allocate the biggest part of our investment to upgrade the system that manages the western part of Indonesia and is based in JATSC,” he told reporters Friday.
(Read also: AirNav to spend Rp 2.2t in 2017)
The move followed its previous step last year to enhance a similar air traffic control system in Makassar, which covers the eastern part of the archipelago.
The upgrading of both air traffic service centers is part of AirNav’s attempt to modernize the country’s flight navigation system until 2018.
Apart from improving its Jakarta-based service center, AirNav would also disburse its spending to activate commercial flight routes in southern Java, Novie said.
These routes are currently flown for military purposes.
Furthermore, the firm would also boost air security systems in Papua and take over monitoring of Upper Natuna from Singapore, Novie added.
Upper Natuna refers to areas bordering Indonesia and neighbors, Singapore and Malaysia.
AirNav, which manages 275 airports nationwide, aims to increase its revenue by 11.1 percent this year to Rp 2.8 trillion from last year. (lnd)
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