Indonesia signs int'l pact to improve air safety

Indonesia has vowed to reform its troubled aviation industry after its planes were banned from European Union airspace by signing a pact with the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Transport Ministry said Tuesday.

 Indonesia signs int'l pact to improve air safety
Indonesia has vowed to reform its troubled aviation industry after its planes were banned from European Union airspace by signing a pact with the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Transport Ministry said Tuesday.

Indonesian Transport Minister Jusman Djamal signed a joint declaration with ICAO president Roberto Gonzalez on Monday an aviation summit on the resort island of Bali to improve safety and meet international standards, the ministry said on its website.

Indonesia's air safety record has been under fire following two commercial airline crashes this year that killed 123 people.

The EU last week banned all 51 Indonesian airlines from flying to Europe, while the US Federal Aviation Administration in April declared Indonesia had failed to comply with ICAO's international safety standards.

The pact commits Indonesia to improving air safety and security, and strengthening the supervisory capacity of the air transport directorate-general, which is to be restructured, the transport website said.

The Indonesian government vowed that it would ensure the directorate-general had adequate financing and manpower and would be able to quickly issue corrective measures necessary to meet ICAO's standards.

The government would also conduct audits, improve transparency when investigating accidents, and put better management systems in place for overseeing air safety, airports and airlines.

A new civil aviation bill that amends a 1993 law was due to be presented to the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

The ICAO pledged to help Indonesia in its efforts, and the sides were due to meet before the end of the year to review the country's progress and agree on any further action.
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