INDONESIA: IATA highlights priorities for Indonesian aviation

Saying that “now is the time to plan and build for the future,” International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani outlined what the global association sees as the priorities for Indonesia’s aviation industry. “With 240 million people living on thousands of islands and great world-class tourist attractions, the potential for aviation […]


Saying that “now is the time to plan and build for the future,” International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani outlined what the global association sees as the priorities for Indonesia’s aviation industry. “With 240 million people living on thousands of islands and great world-class tourist attractions, the potential for aviation to grow and drive economic development is enormous ,” said Bisignani. “Coordinated government policies to ensure safety, cost-efficient and effective infrastructure and environmental sustainability are needed,” he added.

IATA laid out three priorities for Indonesian aviation: Safety; costefficiency and effective infrastructure and environmental sustainability. “Safety is always the top priority.

Safety issues require constant attention and commitment. There have been three non fatal accidents involving Indonesian airlines this year. And there were five accidents involving Indonesian operators in 2009, and 24 over the past 5 years. The situation is improving, but the damage done to Indonesia’s safety reputation will not be solved with shortterm measures. A long-term strategic commitment is needed from both industry and government.

“I encourage the Indonesian government to make the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) a national requirement. It will ensure best practice in operational safety with global standards. And it will be a strong signal to the world that Indonesian aviation safety is moving in the right direction,” said Bisignani. Garuda and Mandala Airlines are the only two Indonesian airlines currently on the IOSA registry. IATA is also working with the Indonesian government to improve safety by sharing global best practices through safety seminars and by supporting Indonesia’s implementation of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan.