Indonesia launches new ANSP

The Jakarta Post reports how the Perum Indonesian Flight Navigation Service (PPNPI), which will manage the nation’s air traffic control, will launch on January 16.

The service which sets out to improve air navigation services across the country will create a single air traffic system in Indonesia taking over from state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II.

“We hope the transition process will be complete within a year or two,” said state-owned enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan.

The new ANSP was the result of 2009 legislation that authorised the government to transfer air navigation service management from airport operators to nonprofit institutions in order to improve the nation’s air traffic services.

Ichwanul Idrus who currently serves as flight navigation director at the transportation ministry will lead the new Jakarta-based venture.

Services will include basic flight navigation services including Air Traffic Service (ATS), Aeronautical Telecommunication Services, Aeronautical Information Services (AIS), Aeronautical Meteorological Services and Information services for Search and Rescue (SAR).

PPNPI will unify air traffic services between the western and eastern areas of Indonesia, the Jakarta Automated Air Traffic Control System (JAATS) and Makassar Air Traffic Service Center (MATSC), this year.

An injection of Rp 98 billion (US$10 million) of capital into the venture by the state will cover the cost of navigation instruments for four airports: Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan; Dewadaru in Karimun Jawa, Central Java; Tarakan, East Kalimantan; and Sentani, Papua.

There are currently 233 airports nationwide controlled by Angkasa Pura and the ministry.

Radar malfunctions at the country’s main gateway Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in recent years exposed problems with air traffic management in Indonesia.

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