Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, or AAPA, wants to review safety and security at Indonesian airports. (Antara Photo/Andika Wahyu)

Regional Airline Body Wants to Review Safety, Security at Indonesian Airports

BY :THRESA SANDRA

MAY 03, 2015

Jakarta. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, or AAPA, has announced plans to inspect airports in Indonesia to improve aviation safety and security.

The association will examine "technical aspects" of the airports' operations and plans to start at Sokearno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang.

“We will start from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport as it is the most crowded airport," AAPA chairman Arif Wibowo said last week. " [The] AAPA technical director team has sent an official letter to Angkasa Pura II but we have not received a reply."

Angkasa Pura II is Indonesia's state-owned airport operator.

The announcement comes after several worrying aviation incidents in Indonesia in recent months, including a security lapse at Pekanbaru airport that enabled a man to to clamber into the wheel well of a Jakarta-bound Garuda Indonesia flight.

In January it was revealed the Indonesia AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea enroute from Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 162 people onboard, was flying on an unauthorised schedule at the time.

AAPA will work with Indonesian National Air Carriers Association, or INACA, for the review.

Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, All Nipon Airways, Air Astana, and Bangkok Airways, are members of the AAPA.

The government announced its own review of aviation safety in wake of the Indonesia AirAsia crash.

The Transportation Ministry said in March it would like to implement a safety ranking for airlines operating in Indonesia and impose minimum fleet size of 10 planes by July.

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