AirNav Indonesia to invest $114 million

The new state-owned AirNav Indonesia plans to invest $114.4 million this year in new navigation and communication equipment to develop the country’s navigation system.

AirNav Indonesia president director Ichwanul Idrus told local media it will take over the navigation services at 138 airports currently managed by the transport ministry’s technical management units (UPTs) during 2014.

“We have taken over the air traffic system from [state-owned airport operator] Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II. By the end of this year, our service will also cover the airports managed by UPTs,” said Ichwanul.

He added that the AirNav would increase Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s flight capacity to 72 flights per hour by June this year, from the current 64 flights per hour. It would also aim to further increase capacity to 86 flights per hour by June 2015.

“However, we will need support in infrastructure, including a new rapid exit taxiway,” added Ichwanul.

“With the new facilities and capacity enhancement in our airspace management, we hope that we can improve the safety and efficiency in our flight operations, including reducing the number of delayed flights,” Indonesia’s transport minister EE Mangindaan said in a press conference.

The minister also said AirNav would integrate the Jakarta Automated Air Traffic System (JAATS) with the Makassar Air Traffic System Center (MATSC), which controls traffic in eastern Indonesia, to form a single system in 2015.

AirNav is also expected to be ready to reclaim management of the airspace over Riau Islands, which has been controlled by Singapore since 1946. “We also aim that by 2016 we can propose to the ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] that we take over our airspace management from Singapore,” he said.

Singapore controls the airspace within a 110-nautical mile radius of the city-state. As a result, Singapore’s flight information region extends over Indonesia’s territory, including Batam and Natuna in Riau Islands, and Dumai in Riau.


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One Response to AirNav Indonesia to invest $114 million

  1. dudi says:

    The Strategy of Indonesian Corruptor to open new room for corruption is by splitting the state-owned company into a new company led by people who can be controlled by a group of people for the sake of that few people. Hopefully Airnav splited from Angkasa Pura is not for this kind of purpose.