INDONESIA: HALIM PERDANAKUSUMA AIRPORT CLOSED FROM 11PM TO 5AM UNTIL JUNE 15

The Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta will be closed from 11pm until 5am from today until June 15 to allow for re-surfacing of its overlays.

According to a statement from the Communication Ministry’s Information and Communications Bureau, the schedule for the resurfacing work had long been planned and was not connected to the ground collision between two aircraft last night.

Bureau head JA Barata was quoted as saying the re-surfacing work was a routine part of maintenance.

Operations at the airport returned to normal at 6am after it was closed down from 8pm due to the collision between a Batik Air aircraft with that of Trans Nusa Air.

In the incident, the Batik Air Boeing 737-800 which was carrying 49 passengers and seven crew collided with the ATR-600 belonging to Trans Nusa Air on the overlay.

However, all the passengers on the Batik Air aircraft which was on its way to Makassar, South Sulawesi, were reported to be safe and did not suffer any injuries.

There were no passengers on the Trans Nusa aircraft which was towed into a hangar after the incident.

The collision caused severe damage to the wings of both the aircraft, and all flights from the domestic airport were cancelled last night.

Meanwhile, President director of Lion Air Group which owns Batik Air, Edward Sirait, was quoted by local media as saying the aircraft had obtained permission to take-off and the authorities were still investigating the cause of the accident.

He said some of the passengers continued on their journey this morning while several others cancelled their travel plans.

Source: NNN-BERNAMA