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Indonesia cancels some airline AOCs over safety concerns

Indonesia has cancelled the air operator’s certificates (AOCs) of four small airlines after the companies failed to improve their operations following a safety audit.

The airlines that have had their AOCs withdrawn are: PT Nurman Avia Indopura, PT Aviasi Upata Raksa Indonesia, PT Alfa Trans Dirgantara and PD Prodexim, the Directorate General of Air Communications (DGAC) says in a statement posted on the Department of Transportation’s website.

The DGAC says it made the decision after the four failed to meet a three-month deadline to “carry out improvements in order to meet conditions as the holder of the AOC”.

It says the deadline was imposed after an audit earlier this year found that these carriers needed to make some changes in order to ensure future safety.

The DGAC adds, it has also sent letters to the airlines to inform them of the decision and that within seven days of receiving the letter each airline is required to return the original sheet of paper bearing the airline’s AOC.

Indonesia’s DGAC earlier this year conducted the safety audit of Indonesia’s airline industry in response to a spate of air accidents.

The four carriers that have now lost AOCs are relatively small operators.

According to Flight’s ACAS database PT Nurman Avia Indopura has a fleet of two 28-year old Fokker F28-4000s.

And another statement from the DGAC PT Aviasi Upata Raksa Indonesia operates a Cessna 172 and a Pilatus PC-6. Details on the other two carrier’s fleets were unavailable.

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