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Indonesia will raise aviation safety standards The government, through the transportation ministry, will raise its aviation safety standards from category II to category I based on the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2014 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flights undisturbed by fire at Soekarno-Hatta airport Flight activities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport remained normal after a fast food restaurant outside Terminal 2F caught fire early in the morning on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 August 2014 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to improve air defense in Papua The Indonesian Air Force will improve air defense in Papua territory to avoid foreign infiltration through the airspace. The National Air Defense Commander Sector IV, Air Marshall Asnam Muhidir, said the Indonesian Air Force will establish a radar unit in Jayapura to enhance Indonesian Air Defense in the eastern region in 2015.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airlines delay flights to Pekanbaru to minimize losses The authorities at Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau Province, stated that several airways have delayed their flights to the airport to minimize losses until the air condition gets better.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian T-50i jet fighter conducts emergency landing An Indonesian Air Forces T-50i jet fighter conducted an emergency landing at the Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Central Java Province, on Friday. Bakti Yuda, the airports air traffic controller, confirmed that the airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the emergency landing.

Posted in Military @ 28 February 2014 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud evacuees allowed to return home The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has allowed evacuees to return to their homes on the slope of Mount Kelud after the volcanos status has been lowered from the top to the third alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 February 2014 21:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Adi Soemarmo airport reopened Adi Soemarmo airport in Solo, Central Java, reopened on Thursday morning for both domestic and international flights, after it had been closed for six days when Mt Kelud erupted last week.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2014 15:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud's eruption is force majeure The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 13:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud Seven airports and one airstrip remain closed on Saturday, as of 10:00 am local time (GMT +7), due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java, an official said.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2014 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 airports in Indonesia closed due to Mount Kelud eruption Seven airports on the Indonesian island of Java have been closed due to the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, on Thursday night. "Seven airports have been temporarily closed due to Mount Keluds eruption," Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Herry Bakti stated here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports closed over Mount Kelud eruption Volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most densely populated island on Friday, closed three international airports and sent thousands fleeing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


LAPAN ready to develop pioneer aircraft The National Aeronautics and Aviation Agency (LAPAN) plans this year to develop pioneer N219 aircraft, thereby spearheading the development of the national aviation industry, noted a minister.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs seize 4,658 grams methamphetamine in woman's shoes The Customs and Excise officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday seized 4,568 grams of methamphetamine, worth Rp6 billion, concealed inside 11 womens footwear, stated an official.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 January 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane fails to land at El Tari Airport On Tuesday, a Lion Air plane failed to land at the El Tari Airport in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang amid bad weather conditions.

Posted in Weather @ 21 January 2014 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ngada district head named as suspect in airport blockade Police have named the Ngada District Head Marianus Sae as suspect in the blocking of Turelelo airport in the district on December 21. Based on questionings, the police suspected the Ngada district head of violating Article 421 of the 2009 Aviation Law by ordering other people to commit a criminal offense, he noted.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai Lion Air starts commercial flights at December 4 Thai Lion Air, a daughtercompany of Lion Air Group, founded in Thailand, will start it's commercial flights on December 4, 2013. Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport (DMK) will be used and in Jakarta, departures and arrivals are from terminal 2E. The airline will start operations with three routes.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2013 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport operator wants Merpati Nusantara to pay their bills PT Angkasa Pura I has revealed that the debt owed to them for airport charges by PT Merpati Nusantara Airline has reached Rp. 38.4 billion (US$3,84 million.) According to Bisnis.com, the head of corporate administration for PT Angkasa Pura I, Harry Budi Waluyo, said that state-owned Merpati also has debts for aeronautic services due to a number of airports managed by Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economic gap seen as cause of security problem in Papua Economic and social gap is the root cause of persistent security problem in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a special staff of the president on regional autonomy, said.

Posted in Violence @ 23 February 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to produce N-219 aircraft in 2014' Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta has stated that Indonesia will produce N-219 transport aircraft in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 20 December 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian company to exploit commercial areas on Ngurah Rai The Hindu Business Line reports that the GVK Group, an Indian company listed on that countryís stock exchange, has finalized an agreement for the operation, management and development of commercial facilities at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Economy @ 10 November 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP: 'Actions taken against anarchic workers' Vice President Boediono has said that firm actions have been taken against workers involved in anarchism during demonstrations. He said when opening a High Level Conference on Indonesian Investment 2012 here on Tuesday that while labor demonstrations are allowed actions must be taken against anarchism.

Posted in Protests @ 06 November 2012 18:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta smokers demand special room inside buildings Several members of a people`s group called `Cigarettes Community` have demanded that the Jakarta government revise Governor`s Regulation number 88/2010 that abolishes the presence of smoking room inside buildings in Jakarta.

Posted in Health @ 08 October 2012 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six airlines offer extra flights during Lebaran Six airlines have offered extra flights in anticipation of increased passenger traffic during the Lebaran holiday season, according to Air Transportation Director General Herry Bhakti.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2012 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban kicks off in Bali The province of Bali became "officially smoke free" as of June 1, 2012. Quoted by Republika.co.id, Baliís governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

Posted in Health @ 05 June 2012 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air opens business class and new routes Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air has officially announced that newly delivered Boeing planes will be used to fly on a few new restinations in their route network. Starting from the end of May, Sriwijaya Air will also start offering business class services on a number of routes.

Posted in Travel @ 11 May 2012 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor village residents see Sukhoi plane before missing A number of Tapos I village, Tenjolaya sub district, Bogor district admitted that they saw the reported missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 flew over their village at around 15:00 pm on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 May 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resort island Bali bans smoking in public places The provincial legislature on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has passed a new law which will soon ban smoking in all public places, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday. It is not yet known when the ban will go into effect.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2011 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Will Garuda get competition from Sriwijaya Air? Plans from Indonesian Airliner Sriwijaya Air to give Garuda Indonesia some competition, will be realised in the second quarter of 2012. The airliner will then also offer full service flights, like Garuda is doing at the moment. The first visible step is the replacfement of all Boeing 737-200 planes for Boeing 737-500 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2011 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New airport on Lombok to be opened on October 1? Vice-president Boediono has ordered the management of PT Angkasa Pura I, the manager of airports in Indonesia, to open up the new Lombok international airport from October 1, 2011. "I want to hear from PT Angkasa Pura I that they will be able to open the airport, because it should have been opened in early 2010 already."

Posted in Economy @ 17 July 2011 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to make improvements to avoid delays After Indonesian airliner Lion Air has been warned several times by different authorities about the increasing number of delays with the airline, it has now announced that it is to take immediate actions. A number of changes are forced through with the airline in the coming days. These changes are not voluntarily though.

Posted in Travel @ 17 July 2011 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ministry says country needs multi-airport system Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Thursday called for the country to develop multi-airport system to reduce density at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2011 05:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? After the sudden shut-down of airliner Mandala Airlines earlier this year, there are now rumours that the company will most likely start flying again soon. The director general of PT Angkasa Pura II, the operator of airports in Indonesia, is said to have received this information earlier.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2011 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to increase international airports to 65 in 15 years Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Wednesday said the Southeast Asian country is looking to have 65 international airports in 15 years.

Posted in Economy @ 28 April 2011 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Russia renew air service agreement Indonesia and Russia on Monday renewed their air service agreement to conduct direct flights between each nation, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2011 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds another parcel bomb in South Kalimantan Indonesian police on Wednesday found and disposed another suspected parcel bomb in South Kalimantan province, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Crime @ 23 March 2011 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


India and Indonesia ink business deals worth $15.1 billion With Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visiting India, the two countries on Tuesday signed 18 cooperation agreements worth $15.1 billion in several areas, such as mining, infrastructure, and manufacturing, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 26 January 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A second international airport for Bali? The Indonesian Ministry of Transport is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta airport reopened after Mount Merapi eruptions The airport of Yogyakarta, one of the international airports on the Indonesian island of Java, has reopened on Saturday. Flights from and to the airport were halted soon after the first heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano late last month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2010 13:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta declared no-fly zone after volcano eruption Just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Indonesia, all international airlines canceled flights into the countryís capital city Saturday after a volcano hundreds of miles to the west unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century. The cancellation also means passengers leaving Jakarta for overseas had to call off their trips.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic material reaches rivers in Yogyakarta city Volcanic material has reached the city of Yogyakarta via a number of rivers in the area. Because of rainfall in the region, these rivers have swollen as well and they are flowing faster than normal. One of the rivers is the Code River which runs directly through the heart of Yogyakarta. It is currently transporting volcanic debris and parts of trees with it's raging currents. The river also threatens to burst it's banks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport of Surabaya to be enlarged in 2011 PT Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned company that manages airports in Indonesia, has announced that 2011 will be the starting point for new extensions of the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya in East Java province. The airport, that has been extended in recent years, has already reached its maximum capacity.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 11:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax refund: Government decides where you should shop The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxation have appointed eight retail companies to help introduce the first phases of the new value-added-tax (VAT) refund scheme available to visitors to Indonesia effective April 1, 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 April 2010 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magazine: 'Bali airport one of the ugliest' It will not come a surprise to anyone who has travelled through Baliís Ngurah Rai airport that Travel and Leisure magazine has named it one of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World". The magazine's Karrie Jacobs contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of its way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airportĒ.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five Indonesian airports set for open skies Bisnis.com reports that the Ministry of Transportation will soon designate five airports as participants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "open skies" program commencing from 2013.

Posted in Travel @ 23 January 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia and Jetstar to cooperate Malaysia-based AirAsia and it's Australian counterpart Jetstar announced earlier this week that they were to form an alliance to help reduce costs even further. They were to cooperate in handling each others passengers at airports in the the region and would also consider buying new aircraft together. Earlier it was already reported that they were talking about a joint venture to safe costs.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax rebates for foreign visitors The government will introduce tax incentives for international tourist visitors to Indonesia, effective April 1, 2010. To be put into operation at a number of Indonesia's international airports including Bali, the incentives will offer cash refunds for tax expenditures by tourist against certain pre-set limits.

Posted in Economy @ 27 December 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta: World's second most on-time airport As airlines continue to charge customers more while offering fewer services, at least the world's busiest airports are showing signs of improved performance. That's according to data published by FlightStats, an Oregon-based company that tracks historical and real-time flight information for airports and airlines around the world.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism minister: 'Faster processing of visa-on-arrival' The minister for Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has planned to cut short the processing time of visa on arrival services at airports and seaports in Indonesia within the first 100 days in office. He said the accelerating the service would certainly improve the image of Indonesia as a tourist destination which would lead to more foreigners visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


52 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia Confirmed cases of swine flu in Indonesia have nearly doubled, with the national total standing at 52, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Thursday. Three foreigners were among 24 new cases of (A)H1N1, which included a dozen confirmed human-to-human transmissions, Supari told. All the patients were being treated in hospitals in the capital Jakarta, the tourist island of Bali and Balikpapan city in East Kalimantan province, she said.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 11 July 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ask tourists to wear masks Indonesia is planning to ask all people arriving from Australia and other swine flu-affected countries to wear face masks for at least three days, the health minister says. The presence of the A(H1N1) virus was confirmed in Indonesia only last week and so far four of the eight known cases have been foreigners.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 June 2009 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms first two cases of Mexican Flu Officials confirmed Wednesday the country's first cases of the H1N1 flu after an Indonesian and a British tourist tested positive for the virus. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari identified an Indonesian pilot who recently flew to Australia and Hong Kong, and a 22-year-old British tourist who has lived in Australia.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 25 June 2009 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia checks airports and seaports for swine flu The Department of Transport follows the Department of Public Health in preventing swine flu from entering Indonesia. A number of airports and seaports have prepared themselves already according to Bambang S. Ervan, a spokesperson for the department earlier today.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 27 April 2009 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Juanda, a beautiful new airport near Surabaya Several years ago I was there for the last time - at that time it was the first time as well - at the airport of Surabaya. A small building which was far too small for the number of passengers that had to be served from the airport there. A common problem at airports, especially in the western part of Indonesia where the airline industry has grown incredibly in recent years following the startup of a number of new routes flown by several different airlines.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airporttax to be raised nationwide after Bali takes the lead Angkasa Pura I - the government-owned operating authorities for all Indonesian airports is seeking government approval to increase passenger service charges by as much as 50% for Jakarta, bringing charges for international passengers in line with those already in place in Bali.

Posted in General @ 20 January 2008 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-free facility proposed for ten countries Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 January 2008 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai airport now rated 'safe' On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

Posted in Tourism @ 15 October 2007 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia extends visa facility to 11 countries Indonesia has expanded the visa on arrival (VoA) facility to 11 more countries and is currently considering 11 more countries in an attempt to lure foreign tourists to the country. The 11 newly granted countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. The Directorate General of Immigration announced yesterday that based on a decree, citizens from a total of 63 countries are now able to enjoy a visa on arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 June 2007 17:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Airports do not meet international safety standards Only half of Indonesia's 19 major airports comply with international safety standards. This was said by a top government transport official yesterday The statement further fuels fears about the national aviation industry. Just one day after the United States advised it's residents not to use Indonesian airlines after a series of deadly accidents the official said that some airports were lacking proper runways and air traffic control systems.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2007 12:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa on arrival to Indonesia for 11 more countries The Indonesian government is preparing the visa on arrival facility for 11 more countries in a bid to increase revenues from the tourism industry, as local press reported earlier today. A senior official with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had named the 11 countries likely to receive the visa on arrival as being Algeria, Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earlier runway extension project Adi Sucipto Plans to extend the runway of Adi Sucipto airport by 300 meters towards the east are likely to be sped up after last Wednesdays crash of a Garuda Boeing 737-400. That overshot the runway, skipped a road and crashed into rice paddies before exploding into fire, killing 21 passengers.

Posted in General @ 11 March 2007 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to bolster lagging tourism figures Tourist arrivals into Indonesia dropped in 2006 by 4.1% in comparison to 2005, recording just over 4.79 million visitors, so this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) the delegates hope to generate a more positive beat for Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Cultura and Tourism and industry representatives this year will be concentrating their energies toward TRAVEX at ATF, with 49 hospitality properties and 18 tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


DAS plane breaks wheel upon landing An passenger plane broke its front wheel while landing after aborting a flight Thursday, an airport spokesman said, in the latest of string of aviation incidents here. All 18 passengers and three crew were unhurt after the accident, involving a Dirgantara Air Services Casa-212 plane at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 January 2007 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iris scanner at Jakarta airport speeds travel for some Iris scanners at Indonesia's main international airport will reduce the time travelers spend in immigration lines to just 10 seconds - but only for those willing to pay the US$200 yearly fee. The "Saphire" program, which kicked off this week and is not offered anywhere else in Asia, is for convenience not security, Angkasa Pura Schiphol, the Dutch-Indonesian joint venture which developed the system, said in a statement.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: '100 percent ownership for private sector' Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa assured investors Wednesday that private firms -- both local and foreign -- would still be allowed to own up to 100 percent of infrastructure projects despite the upcoming amendment of the existing transportation legislation. "I can assure you that there will be no change to the 100 percent private-sector ownership principle in transportation-sector projects," Hatta told the press yesterday (Nov 1) after addressing a discussion held in conjunction with the "Indonesia Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2006".

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landingsí hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesiaís East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane skidds into swamp in Kalimantan amit smoke from forest fires A domestic passenger jet skidded off the runway into swampland after landing Tuesday at an airport in central Indonesia, an airport employee said. There were no reports of fatalities or major injuries. Visibility was very poor at Juwata airport in east Kalimantan because of smoke from brush-clearing fires that have delayed flights at other airports in the province in recent days, employee Alfan told el-Shinta radio station from the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 October 2006 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors Smoke and ash from land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of Indonesia's west Monday, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The smoke was shrouding an estimated 556,000 square kilometers of land on Sumatra and across Indonesian Borneo.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to keep ban on foreign airlines Indonesia will continue to ban foreign budget airlines from landing at its four main airports, a senior transport official said Wednesday. Airports in Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Denpasar will remain closed to foreign budget airlines and the policy isn't being reviewed, Indonesia's director of air transport Santoso Eddy Wibowo said at an aviation conference in Singapore.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2006 18:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military chief denies clash with police in Central Sulawesi A high-ranking military chief denied that rival factions of the armed forces and police have clashed in the restive province of Central Sulawesi, a local media report said Tuesday. Major General Arief Budi Sampurna, chief of the Wirabuana Regional Military Command overseeing Sulawesi, denied the incident took place and said military and police were conducting joint patrols for the Muslim holy day of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 10 January 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Malaysian bombmakers key Bali suspects Two Malaysians accused of orchestrating the bombings in Bali three years ago are suspected of having a hand in the latest terrorist attack on the Indonesian island. However, Malaysian authorities claimed to have eradicated terrorist cells in the country. Indonesian authorities believe terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is behind the suicide blasts that ripped through the popular tourist destination Saturday night, killing 26 people including three Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


UN health agency reports massive polio vaccination campaign With Indonesia's largest recorded polio epidemic now threatening a broad swath of countries across Asia, more than 750,000 vaccinators will fan out across the vast archipelago tomorrow on a two-day campaign to immunize more than 24 million children under the age of five, the United Nations health agency reported today. Indonesia had been polio-free since 1995, but since March, 225 children have been paralyzed, due to a poliovirus imported into the country earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 30 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Polio vaccination campaign hampered by rumours, ignorance Holding her two-year-old son, Sari listens intently in a ramshackle health clinic as the medical staff assures her and other villagers about the safety of the vaccine being used to fight Indonesia's first polio outbreak in a decade. But the impoverished mother of two remains unconvinced. She hints she will not participate in Tuesday's countrywide immunization campaign because of unfounded rumours that a neighbour's child contracted polio after being given the oral vaccine earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 28 August 2005 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


U.N. warns of possible Indonesia polio epidemic Indonesia's polio outbreak could develop into an epidemic with the onset of the wet season, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, one week before the start of a campaign to vaccinate 24 million children nationwide. Polio returned in May to Indonesia, which had been free of the water-borne disease since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 24 August 2005 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bizarre wish list hinders Corby Schapelle Corby's chances of winning her appeal have slumped after the Federal Government was unable to meet a list of bizarre demands by her new defence team, headed by the bejewelled Indonesian lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2005 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More jail for Corby whatever the result Schapelle Corby will remain in a Bali jail possibly for months even if three Indonesian judges acquit her on Friday. Chief prosecutor Ida Bagus Wiswantanu has told The Australian he intends to launch an appeal if the 27-year-old Gold Coast woman were found guilty of drug smuggling but sentenced to anything less than life in prison, the sentence he has recommended.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2005 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Corby urges judges to free her With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt to restrict budget airlines' access to protect domestic carriers Indonesia is to impose new restrictions on foreign budget airlines flying to key destinations such as Jakarta and Bali to protect its own operators in the face of fierce competition, reports said on Wednesday. Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said the new regulations would remain in place until Indonesia had negotiated agreements with other national aviation authorities over the booming low-cost air industry in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 23 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta bans smoking under new pollution laws Indonesia's capital will ban smoking in workplaces, including restaurants, buses and bars to improve the city's air quality, reports said Saturday. The Jakarta city council approved the smoking ban on Friday as part of a law to combat pollution, The Jakarta Post and other media said. City hall will start a pilot no-smoking program before the law takes effect, sometime in the next year, according to the reports.

Posted in Health @ 05 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport operator to open budget terminal Domestic terminals at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, west of Jakarta, may soon be able to share the burden of ever-increasing passengers, with a new terminal to be built especially for low-cost carriers. Airport administrator PT Angkasa Pura II plans to renovate its haj terminal this year into a budget-airlines terminal, said the company's public relations manager, M. Wasfan, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll to 94,000, millions of survivors await aid Indonesia said on Monday that its death toll from last week's massive earthquake, that triggered powerful tsunamis, has reached 94,081, which brings the death toll in all 11 affected countries in the Indian Ocean basin to at least 137,321. On Monday, the Health Ministry announced that Indonesia's death toll had increased by nearly 14,000 people to 94,081 and that 271,908 people had been displaced made homeless.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans massive reconstruction in tsunami-hit Aceh The Indonesian government said Wednesday it has made up its mind to spend the next five years rebuilding infrastructure in many parts of Aceh Province where tidal waves triggered by a powerful earthquake swept through on Sunday. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said a state of emergency will be applied in Aceh for the first one year when rebuilding process will focus on the emergency needs, including food, clothes, medicines and temporary shelters.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts look for clues as death toll tops 26 Dozens of experts were sifting through the wreckage of passenger plane Lion Air on Wednesday in search of clues in the deadly crash in Surakarta, Central Java as the death toll rose to 26. Up until Wednesday evening, the plane's black box had not been found, leading authorities and airline staff to theorize that bad weather had caused the accident, the country's worst in the past seven years.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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