Sat, 04 Nov 2000

Airmark's regular services

JAKARTA (JP): Privately owned airline company PT Airmark Indonesia denied allegations that the airline was still inoperative, saying that it has already started scheduled flights to Lombok and Sumbawa from Bali.

Airmark president Norwel Ismen said on Friday that since receiving its license for scheduled flights in June this year, the company had been serving the three islands four times daily with two 26-seat CASA-212 aircraft.

"It's not true that we haven't started operating, it's just that we are not using big aircraft," he said to The Jakarta Post.

Director general of air communications Soenaryo Yosopratomo said on Wednesday that three of the seven regular airline operators licensed in June had not yet started operations, including Airmark.

He added that if these airlines had not started their operations within 12 months of the issuance of their licenses, then the licenses would be revoked. (tnt)