Jakarta. The Transportation Ministry has revoked several airlines' flight route permits and reduced the number of flights they can offer from January to May this year as a result of the airlines failing to meet their service obligations.
The airlines whose flight route permits have been revoked are Travel Express, Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, Air NAM and Kalstar Aviation—which lost two routes.
The frequency of flights has been reduced on a Trigana Air Service route, on an ASI Pudjiastuti route, on two routes offered by Citilink Indonesia, two routes by Garuda Indonesia and three routes by Sriwijaya Air.
"The airlines have not provided the required standard of services in accordance with the regulations,” Hemi Pamuraharjo, the ministry's Communications and Public Information chief said in a statement on Monday (23/05). The statement also mentioned that the sanctions are only temporary.
Several other airlines have on the other hand filed requests to the ministry to cut back the number of flights they have to offer. Some others were reported to the ministry for delays.
Previously, Lion Air temporarily shut down 217 flights on 93 domestic routes and 10 flights on two international routes, reportedly in protest to the ministry's decision to suspend their ground-handling operators.
Lion Air's self-imposed shutdown will be effective from May 18 to June 18.