I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, in April 2016. (Antara Photo/Andika Wahyu/)

Inaca Objects to Govt's Plan to Auction Flight Slots


JUNE 12, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesia National Air Carrier Association, or Inaca, has objected to the government's plan to auction flight slots during prime times for takeoff and landing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, due to concerns the plan will be profitable only for several big airlines.

“Inaca stands for the interest of all members starting from big airlines to small airlines. We also accommodate all airlines at every service level. Therefore, the disagreement regarding the slot-auctioning plan is a decision that sums up the desires of all our members,” Inaca secretary general Tengku Burhanuddin said on Thursday.

Transportation Ministry Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo earlier said the auction of flight slots during prime time is common in many airports overseas. Flights taking place during prime times in the day are more expensive than during off-peak times, which tend to be during the night.

“I believe there will be many airlines that will take flight slots at night during which the time is not really crowded,” said Suprasetyo.

Inaca suggests that in order to conquer the overcrowding of Soekarno-Hatta, extending times of other airport operations will be beneficial including adding more flight routes as well as frequency to several regions.

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