Jakarta: The Directorate General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has banned all domestic airlines from flying to Wuhan City, China. This is a step for Ministry of Transportation in preventing the spread of coronavirus through air transportation.
The ban on flights to Wuhan City is based on NOTAM G0108 / 20 issued by the Beijing International Notam Office. At present, there are two national airlines that have flight routes to Wuhan City, namely Sriwijaya Air and Lion Air.
"We have conducted intensive coordination with all airlines in Indonesia to anticipate the possibility," said Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Polana B. Pramesti in a written statement received by Medcom.id on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Information via NOTAM G0108 / 20 says Wuhan Tianhe International Airport cannot be used as an alternate airport, except for emergency flights from January 23, 2020 at 11:00 UTC (18:00 Western Indonesia Time) to February 2, 2020 at 15.59 UTC (22.59 Western Indonesia Time). Thus, flights from Indonesia to Wuhan City will be diverted to other cities in China.
In addition, Polana ordered flight operators to continue to improve surveillance at the international arrival terminals and continue to coordinate with all flight stakeholders to anticipate the issue.
As of now, there has not been found any passengers who have contracted the pneumonia virus entering through airports throughout Indonesia.
"We also urge all flight stakeholders to continue to be vigilant and increase preparedness to anticipate the entry of the pneumonia virus through flights because flight safety, security and comfort are our shared responsibility," concluded Polana.