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Kemajuan Penerbangan Nasional

Di bawah ini adalah beberapa cuplikan dari “Indonesia Digest” yang
terkait dengan kemajuan yang diperoleh Garuda serta Bandara-bandara di
Indonesia yang membanggakan secara nasional, dan perlu diketahui bersama
dalam kerangka sinergi pembangunan nasional.

Ya, saya kira belum banyak mengetahui perkembangan yang begitu cepat
dari Garuda yang bahkan ditolak mendarat di Eropa, dan kini mencapai
tingkat Four Star Catagory Airline, setingkat Air France, Lufthansa,
Emirates, Etihad Airways dan Turkish airlines.

Kemudian yang pertama di dunia adalah In-Flight Immigration on Garuda
starting 1 February 2010.

Dan yang luar biasa Bandara Soekarno-Hatta mencapai tingkat kedua di di
dunia dalam ketepatan waktu setelah Tokyo Haneda airport dan di atas
Narita bahkan. (Soekarno-Hatta international Airport world’s 2nd most
On-Time Airport)

Tetapi kebijakan yang patut ditiru dalam kerangka membuka 5 dari 27
Bandara Internasional Indonesia bagi ASEAN Open Sky, adalah bahwa
Indonesia meminta penundaan penandatanganan Akta ASEAN agar dapat
bebenah sehingga pesawat2 nasional dapat membawa 50% dari total turis
asing ke Indonesia.

Ketertinggalan Kebijakan Fasilitasi Telekomunikasi Dalam Pesawat Udara

Memang sebagaimana halnya pasar Telekomunikasi/ TIK, pasar pariwisata
nasional juga patut dikendalikan (sebagian besar diusahakan)
penyelenggara2 nasional.

Kaitan antara fasilitasi penumpang pesawat udara dengan akses
telekomunikasi/ TIK seperti Internet dan suara patut menjadi perhatian,
sehingga memberi kenyamanan bagi para penumpang.

Ada baiknya kebijakan dan keputusan untuk mengizinkan fasilitasi
telekomunikasi/ TIK yang memungkinkan penumpang dapat berkomunikasi lewat
Internet, SMS dan suara, dengan menggunakan pesawat genggamnya (Hp)
perlu dipercepat.

Padahal TELKOM dan INDOSAT sudah mempunyai Roaming Agreement dengan
AeroMobile misalnya sejak bulan Juli 2009 lalu, sehingga penumpang di
pesawat2 asing di luar wilayah Indonesia dapat berkomunikasi ke manapun
dan kapanpun ke seluruh terminal bergerak (mobile) maupun tetap (tetap)
di dunia. Namun sayangnya saat melewati wilayah Indonesia secara
otomatis akan terputus oleh karena Indonesia belum mengizinkan akses
tersebut. Padahal negara2 tetangga utama kita seperti Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapura dan Thailand telah mengizinkannya. Pasti para
penumpang akan mempunyai kesan tak baik terhadap Indonesia (bisa mulai
dari birokrasi, sentimen, dsb) saat misalnya terbang dari Kualalumpur
atau Singapura ke Australia melewati wilayah Indonesia. Dan bisa
dibayangkan selama beberapa jam tanpa akses komunikasi vital saat
melewati RI yang luas.

Kita patut angkat jempol terhadap Kejelian pandangan TELKOM dan INDOSAT
dalam memajukan jaringan dan layanan telekomunikasi nasional dan global
dalam persaingan bisnis telekomunikasi/ TIK yang sangat ketat, baik dalam
kualitas maupun dalam jangkauan. Kejelian pandangan ini, mengingat di
satu pihak bisa mencapai sasaran komunikasi “ke manapun dan kapanpun”
tercapai, kecuali di atas wilayah RI. Namun juga dengan menaati dan
menghormati batas-batas regulasi nasional yang ada, yaitu belum adanya
izin akses langsung antara pelanggan di pesawat udara dengan pelanggan
di Indonesia maupun negara2 lain, saat berada di atas wilayah NKRI.

Ya, ya, Indonesia bisa luar biasa hebat pada saat tertentu seperti
kemajuan di atas dan menjadi negara berkembang pertama dalam meluncurkan
satelit domestik/regional. Di pihak kalau sudah kehilangan sinergi
nasional dalam kerangka kerjasama antar instansi, dapat sangat
birokratis (alasannya bisa macam2 untuk menghindari dipesalahkan dsb)
sehingga berakibat sangat merugikan kepentingan nasional secara keseluruhan.

[Sebenarnya tak ada alasan menahan kebijakan izin bagi komunikasi
langsung pelanggan dari dan ke pesawat, dg berpegang pada tanggung jawab
negara asal pesawat sesuai Pasal 33 dari ICAO (International Civil
Aviation Organization) Convention maupun RR (Radio Regulation) Pasal 18,
serta pengujian keamanan di Eropa dan Arab Emirates, serta tak ada
masalah apapun dengan perangkat komunikasi ini yang sudah dijalankan
puluhan negara, termasuk negara2 yang mengelilingi kita di ASEAN dan
Australia. Bahkan Australia dan Malaysia sudah menggunakannya untuk
penerbangan domestik.]

Semoga kita bisa lebih cepat menyelesaikan tantangan2 kebijakan nasional
antar-instansi secara terpadu, dg sasaran dan cakrawala jauh ke depan.

Salam,
APhD

INDONESIA DIGEST
Published by: TBSC-Strategic Communication

* First in the World : In-Flight Immigration on Garuda starting 1
February 2010

Starting 1 February, Garuda Indonesia will introduce Visa-on-board on
its flights from Tokyo to Bali and Jakarta. Trial operations took place
in late January. The service will be provided in stages on Garuda
flights from other airports. Visa-on-board is the first of its kind in
the world.
<>The service is in response to complaints at the Visa-on-arrival
counters at Bali airport where passengers have to queue for hours to
receive their visas because of a shortage of Immigration staff,
especially during peak hours when a number of international flights
arrive at short intervals.

In this operation, passengers pay the US$25 visa fee at the bank counter
next to Garuda’s check in counter in Tokyo, receiving a receipt and
voucher for the application of their visa, while visas are processed on
board the flight by Indonesian Immigration officers. Upon arrival at
Bali’s airport, Immigration on the ground will merely check passports.

Earlier, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik told bisnis.com that
his office had coordinated meetings with the Minister of Justice and
Human Rights Patrialis Akbar, the National Minister for State-Owned
Enterprises Mustofa Abu Bakar, the Ministry of Transportation and the
Head of
the Airport operating authority Angkasa Pura, to speed up the issuance
of VoA especially in Bali and Jakarta.
“At Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport there are 26 counters, but only 10 are
staffed by immigration officers. Now the 26 counters will be all staffed
by immigration officers, especially during peak hours,” said Wacik.

Meanwhile, at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta there are 6
visa-on-arrival counters, a number that will now be increased to 12,
reported balidiscovery. com
Mid last year, the Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia, Kojiro Shiojiri,
had publicly expressed his concerns regarding visa-on-arrival service at
Bali’s airport. Many elderly Japanese tourists had complained that the
visa-on-arrival issuance process in Bali was taking two hours or more to
complete.

* Garuda Indonesia now Four Star Category Airline

Skytrax has raised Garuda Indonesia’s performance to a Four Star airline
category at par with 26 airlines that include Air France, Lufthansa,
Emirates, Etihad Airways and Turkish airlines, and recently joined
Hainan Airlines.
Skytrax CEO, Edward Plaisted said that Garuda’s performance rating is
based on assessments on the airline’s overall product and services on
board as well as at its base at the Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport.
During the past year Garuda has made huge transformations in quality,
improving its product and service standards, said Plaisted at the
certificate handing over ceremony held in Jakarta on 27 January.
The operation of the brand- new Airbus 330-300 fleet by Garuda Indonesia
has served as catalyst to raise the status of Garuda Indonesia to a Four
Star airline, said Plaisted.
Earlier in Mataram, Lombok, Garuda’s spokesman, Pujobroto told the press
that with the arrival of 23 new aircrafts, Garuda plans to open 10 new
routes domestically and internationally. The new aircrafts consist of 22
B737-800’s and one A330-200.

Among new routes planned are Bali-Brisbane, while from Lombok, Garuda
will operate Mataram-Jakarta- Kuala Lumpur. Domestically, starting 1
November last year Garuda launched the Mataram-Bali flights which to
date already enjoys a 70% – 80% load factor, said Pujobroto.
Another route will be Mataram-Jakarta.

Additionally, the Mataram-Singapore flights have been added from three
times to four times weekly frequency, reported Antara.
Pujobroto said this at the handing over of Garuda assistance to West
Nusatenggara Governor for the conservation of turtles at Gili Trawangan
amounting Rp. 700 million, environment protection assistance at Rp.
287.5 million and assistance for small and medium scale industries on
Lombok at Rp. 287.5 million.

Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international Airport world’s 2nd most On-Time
Airport
Luxury travel news portal Forbestraveler. com announced that Jakara’s
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is the second most on-time
international airport worldwide according to data from FlightStats, an
Oregon-based company that tracks flight information for airports and
airlines around the world, reported the Jakarta Post last 15 December
2009.

The portal ranked Soekarno-Hatta below reigning champion, Tokyo’s Haneda
Airport, and above Narita, which came in third.

The data defined an on-time airport as one having the most flights less
than 15 minutes late.

The same yardstick is used by the Geneva-based Airports Council
International.
The study, which included 50 of the busiest airports in the world, took
data from August 1, 2008, to July 31, 2009.

The portal’s report called Soekarno-Hatta this year’s most improved
airport on its top ten as it “jumped from last year’s sixth slot thanks
to impressive 84.2 percent on-time arrivals and 89.2 percent on-time
departures.” Arrival and departure flights were 79.3 percent and 86.3
percent on-time, respectively, last year.
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport served 32 million passengers in 2008.
· Indonesia designates 5 airports in ASEAN Open Sky Policy

In compliance with the agreement made among ASEAN countries to further
open ASEAN skies, Indonesia plans to liberate 5 international airports
to ASEAN Open Sky to be signed at the ASEAN Summit meeting in Hanoi,
Vietnam in April 2010, said Air Communications Director General, Herry
Bakti S. Gumay, as reported by Bisnis Indonesia.

The expected 5 airports are (1): Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport, (2)
Bali’s Ngurah Rai, (3) Surabaya’s Juanda, (4) Makassar’s Hasanuddin
airport and (5) the new Kuala Namu aiport in North Sumatra.

Director General Herry Bakti said that the proposal has already taken
into consideration Indonesia’s own national long term interests. The
five airports are in fact already quite liberal in receiving foreign
airlines, except that they are as yet not legally declared so.
Indonesia has 27 international airports, or which the five will be
included in the list of airports in the ASEAN Open Sky policy to
commence in 2015.
Meanwhile, also, COO of Aero Inc, Chappy Hakim voiced his concern that
the government should first strengthen Indonesia’s own domestic and
regional management in air transport in order to create a stronger
platform for air liberalization.
Earlier, Transport Minister Freddy Numberi had said that Indonesia has
asked for a postponement of 6 months in signing the ASEAN Open Sky
agreement in order to first implement regulations stipulated in the new
Air Transportation Act no 1 of 2009.

Meanwhile, INACA (Indonesian Air Carriers Association) Secretary
General, Tengku Burhanuddin proposed that priority airports to be
included in the ASEAN Open Sky should be those that will boost tourism
to Indonesia. Airports should be opened in stages until Indonesian
national carriers are able to compete with foreign airlines. The
government should also include stipulations that foreign airlines should
carry at least 50% foreign passengers into Indonesia, this is
considering Indonesia’s potential huge outbound market and the fact that
among the ASEAN countries, Indonesia has the largest number of airports.

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