Indonesia's transport ministry has imposed a freeze on applications to establish new carriers in the country.
A spokesman from the country’s transport ministry says the moratorium was imposed recently to allow for an evaluation of its airports and the number of routes served. He also adds that “there are sufficient number of carriers” operating in Indonesia.
The country’s director general of civil aviation, Herry Bakti, was quoted in the local media as saying that the halt on applications will be “temporary”, although the spokesman could not indicate when it would be lifted.
The freeze on new carriers will prevent existing carriers from establishing new subsidiaries, although applicants who have received business licences, and have their air operator's certificates pending, will not be affected by the moratorium.
A senior official for Sriwijaya Air says that the freeze on new applications will not affect its plans to launch new carrier Nam Air. The hybrid carrier aims to commence operations before the end of the year, and is in the process of gaining its AOC.
Data from Flightglobal Pro shows that Indonesia has 39 airlines, the majority of which are smaller regional and charter carriers. It also shows that Lion Air is the largest carrier in the country, and in 2012, it carried 30.4 million passengers.
Additional reporting by Ellis Taylor