Airline industry to remain stagnant this year amid safety worries in Indonesia.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Mon, Jan 4, 2016 - Safety and security concerns will remain top challenges for Indonesian airlines in 2016 after several accidents were recorded last year despite the government's ambitious plan to improve the country's international safety category. The country recorded 14 airline-related accidents and incidents in 2015, an increase from the four accidents of the previous year, according to data compiled by airline consulting firm CSE Aviation. One of the most notable accidents was the crash involving Trigana Air in Oksibil, Papua, killing all 54 passengers on board. "Operational wise, 2015 didn't look good with so many accidents and incidents. There hasn't been much improvement in safety and security," said aviation expert Samudra Sukardi. He added that the government had failed in 2015 to upgrade the country's Category 2 status to Category 1. These categories are set by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA downgraded Indonesia's aviation safety to Category 2 seven years ago, signaling that the country lacked the regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards. Transportation Ministry director for air transportation Muzaffar Ismail previously stated his office had undertaken corrective actions from 21 findings outlined by the organization, which mainly focused on training. The FAA has given Indonesia an auditing slot for February 2016. The ministry also highlighted the fact that it had fulfilled 94.9 percent of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards in November, an increase from 45.3 percent in May 2015. It also allocated Rp 12.03 trillion (US$871.4 million) for transportation safety and security in 2015, a 139 percent increase from 2014. However, accidents and incidents kept on happening, including the Aviastar plane crash in South Sulawesi that resulted in 10 casualties in October. Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan also said the ministry had actively promoted safety by freezing route permits for airlines whose aircraft were involved in crashes, as well as issuing regulations on the maximum age limit for airplanes at 30 years. The ministry issued around 30 regulations this year to improve the safety, service and security of air transportation. "The government did issue regulations, but did the airlines comply? The companies have to be audited by inspectors and there are not enough inspectors," he said, adding...

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