‘New Normal‘ flight rules are more relaxed, here are the details

Jakarta – Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transportation issued Circular No. 13 of 2020 concerning Air Transportation Operations in the Period of Productive and Safe Community Activities from Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Monday (8/6) in which a number of rules were relaxed in the period new normal.

The Director-General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation, Novie Riyanto, in a virtual press conference in Jakarta, on Tuesday, conveyed the circular adjusting the Circular Letter of the Chairperson of the Task Force for Handling Acceleration of COVID-19 No. 7 of 2020 concerning Criteria and Requirements for People’s Travel in the Adaptation Period of New Habits Towards Productive Communities and Safe Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“We make technical and specific regulations regarding air transportation operations in the period of adaptation to new customs (new normality) which consists of flight operator guidance, aircraft passenger handling, and slot time settings in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through air transportation,” said Director General Novie.

He explained that national aviation operators consisting of air transport operators, airport operators, and flight navigation service operators are required to equip all personnel tasked with medical equipment including masks and gloves.

In addition, flight operators are also required to provide training on health protocols in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with health protocols that have been issued by the Ministry of Health.

All personnel on duty ranging from pilots, cabin crew, airport security officers, ground handling, ATC, FOO and all other officers at the airport are required to comply with applicable health protocols, including wearing masks and gloves while on duty, checking body temperature at least twice a day while on duty, getting used to washing hands frequently with soap, keeping a distance and minimizing unnecessary interactions with others.

“We instruct the airport operators and air transport operators to complete health equipment, facilities, and infrastructure such as hand sanitizers, spare masks, and mask disposal areas that can be used by both personnel and consumers of air transportation,” he said.

Director-General Novie said that the circular also regulates guidelines for flight operators to ensure all facilities and infrastructure for clean and hygienic air transportation.

“All facilities and infrastructure, especially those that are often touched by people such as door handles, banisters or escalators, aircraft seats, toilets, luggage racks, eating utensils, etc. must be cleaned more frequently with disinfectants. We ask that a standard operational procedure (SOP) be made to ensure its implementation and we will monitor it in the field, “he explained.

The slot time setting conducted by the flight navigation operator based on this circular refers to the prevention of the buildup of prospective passengers at airports. The capacity of the aircraft which was originally limited to a maximum of 50 percent, this time was given leeway to a maximum of 70 percent.

“The maximum capacity at the airport that is allowed is 50 percent of normal conditions. For large-bodied and medium-bodied aircraft, the maximum capacity is 70 percent. We coordinate AirNav, airport operators, and air transport operators to arrange slot time to ensure there is no congestion of people at departure and arrival airports, “he explained.

He said that his party had also provided technical guidelines regarding the stages that would be passed by aircraft passengers during this adaptation period. In addition, for domestic flights, it is sufficient to attach the results of a quick test, no PCR test required except international flights.

“Starting from purchasing tickets, both passengers and airlines must ensure that the necessary requirements such as identity cards, valid PCR / Rapid Test certificates, and health certificates from health facilities comply with regulations. If tickets are indeed sold through online sales agents, the sales agent must ensure features for uploading and validating these documents, “he added.

After all, documents meet the requirements and are validated, a new ticket may be issued. All prospective passengers are required to check-in at the airport no later than three hours before departure.

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