Jakarta. Indonesian state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II is ready to step up the performance of its bird-strike management task force in order to improve flight safety at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Jakarta.
Bird strikes ̶ the event of a bird crashing into a rapidly moving vehicle, such as a train or airplane ̶ have resulted in a number of accidents throughout aviation history, causing major damage to the aircraft involved (and instant death to the poor bird).
To minimize this occurrence at Soekarno-Hatta, Angkasa Pura II will join forces with the Japanese government, the airport operator's president director Budi Karya Sumadi said on Thursday.
“Japan officials have visited Indonesia and it will soon be our turn to visit Japan in order to study bird-strike management there,” Budi said.
A number of airports and aviation associations have approached Angkasa Pura II requesting assistance to improve their respective bird-strike management task force, he claimed.
“We met with the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines [AAPA] and Indonesian National Air Carriers Association [INACA] last week to discuss ideas on how to improve safety in Indonesian airports,” Budi said.