DENPASAR: Indonesia Air Traffic Controllers Association said overcapacity in several airports becomes an obstacle in managing air navigation and it’s threatening the safety including on time performance.
Therefore, the establishment of Navigation Public Corporation is urgently needed and it doesn’t need government‘s subsidies.
“We want an immediate establishment of a new institution namely Navigation Public Corporation as the single provider of navigation. The delayed establishment has disrupted the performance of air traffic control (ATC) officers,” said Indonesia Air Traffic Controllers Association (IATCA) President I Gusti Ketut Susila on the sideline of Runway Safety Seminar in Denpasar on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
According to him, the main disturbance toward ATC operations comes from over capacity condition in the runaway, leading to flight delay and threatening the safety of flight.
As anticipation, Susila added, Navigation Public Corporation as a single provider and operator of air navigation should be established immediately.
The government’s effort in establishing Indonesia Slot Coordinator (IDSC) some time ago has not yet provided meaningful benefits for the arrangement of air traffic.
“Currently, the passengers are still waiting inside the airplane to take off since the runaway is already over capacity. That is why IDSC was established but it has not yet managed to overcome the problem,” he said.
Besides IDSC, the establishment of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) is also necessary.
“ATFM will provide allotted time for carrier. The carrier should not be delayed since it must wait for empty slot if delayed. This will ensure the runway capacity,” he added.
Such ATFM can be applied in the single provider which is expected to be established immediately. The establishment of single provider has been delayed five months because according to Aviation Law No.1/2009 the single provider of air navigation must be established no later than January 1, 2012.
Head of Public Communication Center at Ministry of Transportation Bambang S. Ervan expects the Navigation Public Corporation to be established in June 2012. However, it’s still constrained by Government Regulation on Navigation Public Corporation which still stuck in the hand of the State Secretary. (T06/aph)