Indonesia Revokes Four Airline Licences and Suspends Five

June 28, 2007


The licences four small airlines have been revoked by Indonesia.

In an effort to improve aviation safety after a number of crashes, the Indonesian transport ministry has said that it has revoked the licenses of four small airlines and suspended the licences of five others.

According to The Associated Press, the Indonesian government released the results of an audit examining the safety standards of local airlines in March. The audit reportedly found that none of them fully complied with Civil Aviation safety regulations. The least compliant were given three months to improve or have their licenses removed.

Budhi Suyitno, director general of air transportation at the Transport Ministry, said state-owned Garuda Indonesia improved its safety record over the three months and is now ranked in the top tier of compliance, while four other airlines reached the second tier of compliance.

The licenses of Jatayu, Prodexim, Alfa Trans Dirgantara and Aviasi Upataraksa have been revoked, while the five that had their licenses suspended include SMAC and Kura-Kura Aviation. Suspended airlines have three months to improve security.

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