THE Ministry of Transportation provides sanctions for violations committed by aviation operators on the Regulation of the Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia Number PM 18 of 2020 concerning Transportation Control in the Context of Preventing the Spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Ministry of Transportation through the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed sanctions on air transport operators and airport operators on Tuesday (5/19).

“Based on an investigation conducted by our inspector, there was a violation related to maintaining physical distance carried out by air transport operators and airport operators,” said Transportation Ministry spokesman Adita Irawati in a virtual discussion.

Adita said the air transport operator violated the provisions stated in article 14 point b regarding limiting the number of passengers to a maximum of 50 percent of the total seating capacity by applying physical distance.

“To air transport operators who have been proven violating, we impose sanctions in the form of license suspension on the violating flight routes. In addition to airlines, DGCA also gave sanctions to airport operators.

“Based on PM 18 of 2020, transport infrastructure operators are required to guarantee the application of health protocols in the form of routine sterilization through spraying disinfectants and maintaining physical distance. The results of our investigation indicate that there is a violation of the application of physical distance by airport operators, so we provide a warning letter so that things like this can be anticipated properly and not repeated again,” Adita noted.

Adita stressed that the Ministry of Transportation will take firm action against any violations committed by air transportation stakeholders. We hope that all national aviation stakeholders can comply with applicable rules and regulations, moreover we are facing an outbreak that continues to take lives. We emphasize, there is not the slightest tolerance to the slightest violation of the rules and regulations of national aviation.

Adita also appealed to users of air transportation modes to be able to play an active role in maintaining flight safety, security and comfort.

“All of these rules and regulations are designed to ensure that air transportation does not become a means of spreading COVID-19 in Indonesia. All stakeholders must comply with existing rules and regulations, and be aware that this excluded flight operation is to provide services to the public while maintaining health protocols,” Adita concluded. [antaranews/photo special]