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16 January 2010

Five Indonesian airports ready for open sky

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The Transportation Ministry is set to issue a ministerial decree that will declare five international airports in the country subject to the Asean open sky agreement, the Jakarta Post reported.

Air Transportation Director General Herry Bakti S Gumay said Friday the ministry had completed the draft decree. “We are looking forward to issuing the decree by the end of this month,” he added.

The ministry is currently preparing the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, Kuala Namu in Medan, Juanda in Surabaya, Ngurah Rai in Denpasar, and Hasanuddin in Makassar, for the open sky policy. The Kuala Namu Airport is under construction and expected to operate in July next year.

Herry said other international airports in the country would continue accepting inter-regional flights through bilateral agreements.

The Asean open sky agreement took effect in December 2008, and is slated for completion by 2015. The agreement allows regional air carriers to take unlimited flights to all 10 Asean member countries.


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