AirAsia flight route suspended

Indonesia AirAsia was not licensed to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sundays, the day it crashed, resulting in a route suspension by Indonesian authorities.


Indonesia AirAsia Julius Adravida Barata Kementerian Perhubungan QZ8501


Indonesia AirAsia, the budget operator of the A320 flying as QZ8501 that crashed into the Java Sea on 27 December 2014 was not licensed to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sundays, the day it crashed, resulting in a route suspension by Indonesian authorities.

A spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation (Kementerian Perhubungan; KP) said that the airline was licensed to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – but not Sundays.

“As of January 2, 2015, the licence of Surabaya-Singapore (return) route to Indonesia AirAsia is temporarily frozen until after there is a result of evaluation and investigation,” said Indonesia’s Transport Ministry spokesperson Julius Adravida Barata.