No new route permits for Lion Air

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore May 12, 2016 18:21

No new route permits for Lion Air

In a punitive move, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has declared that it will no longer issue permits for new routes for Lion Air for the next six months. The action is in retaliation for the airline’s numerous flight delays, many caused by the pilot strike this week.

“We have warned (the airline) and will not issue (permits for) new routes in the next six months, (as of May 11),” said Suprasetyo, director general of air transportation at Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation.

Pauline Suharno, deputy secretary general of the Association of the Air Ticketing Companies in Indonesia, wants stiffer sanctions, however, calling for the government to force the airline to improve its operational performance by cutting existing routes and frequencies. “The airline has too many routes and frequencies, too much for the company to manage,” she said.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore May 12, 2016 18:21