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(Tempo) Minister Jonan: On QZ8501 case, why should i bow down to Singapore?


Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan said the supervision of flight-route permits had often been treated lightly. He took for example the flight-route permit of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which has now been suspended.

“The flight-route permit for the winter period that was issued by the Air Transportation Directorate General was violated,” he said after inspecting a search operation post in Pangkalan Bun on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

The Air Transportation Directorate General only issued a permit for AirAsia’s Surabaya-Singapore route on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, yet the low-cost carrier operated the route on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said it had given AirAsia a flight-route permit to fly to the country on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

However, Jonan said, AirAsia should abide by the regulations of its departure country as opposed to only those of its destination country. “The airline must complete the necessary requirements both in Singapore and Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry. They may have secured permission from there [Singapore], but we only allow them to fly on those days. Why should I bow down to Singapore?” Jonan said.

Jonan also said the results of the investigation into AirAsia’s flight-route permit would be announced on Friday, January 9, at the latest. He also said that his ministry would beef up the supervision of air transport regulations.

“There must be no more loose ends. It’s better to never depart than to never arrive,” the former president director of state-owned railway operator PT KAI said.