IATA has called on Indonesia’s stakeholders to partner in the development of an aviation master plan based on global standards to ensure that the country is served by an aviation industry performing at its best. IATA identified three potential elements to be addressed in the master plan: improving safety, ensuring capacity and a smarter regulation framework.

Improving Safety

  • Make the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) compulsory for an Indonesian AOC.
  • Airlines that are not eligible for IOSA (due to fleet composition or business model) can participate in the IATA Standards Safety Assessment (ISSA)

Ensuring Capacity

  • Build a world class hub by maximizing the potential of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
  • Use the IATA Worldwide Slot Guidelines to manage the scarce existing slot capacity at Indonesian airports
  • Modernize air traffic management by improving the skills of air traffic controllers, implement Performance Based Navigation and introduce Air Traffic Flow Management

Smart Regulation Framework

  • Apply smarter regulation principles when establishing new regulations. These include defining the problem, consulting the industry, conducting rigorous cost-benefit analysis and ensuring consistency with global standards
  • Ratify the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99)

At the same time, IATA has expressed concerns over the new cargo security regulation in Indonesia. There is little confidence in the new scheme due to short deadlines and few clarifications on how Regulated Agents premises will be secured. Airlines will need to screen all cargo a second time at the airport. This will add costs and handling times and actually reduce the competitiveness of Indonesia’s air freight – the opposite goal of what Indonesia is trying to achieve when it claims that it aims to remove bottlenecks.

Supply chain security takes at least one year to put into place and the industry would like Indonesia to set this 1-year period as a transition period. During this period, screening air cargo at Line 1 at the airport directly should continue to be allowed instead of mandating “Line 2” outside the airport.