Heftier fines: Indonesia tightens airspace security
The new government regulation on airspace security under the 2009 Aviation Law stipulates that foreign aircraft flying through Indonesia's airspace must have prior flight approval as well as diplomatic and security clearance, failing which they risk hefty fines of up to 5 billion rupiah (S$480,000).
The new penalty is far higher than previous fines of around 60 million rupiah per aircraft and seeks to deter violations, said Indonesian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Jemi Trisonjaya.
"Previously, violators would only be fined with a few million rupiah," he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
He said seeking clearance was standard practice and in accordance with international regulations, and the air force would no longer hesitate to reject those with incomplete or expired clearance.
"If they insist (on entering), we can force them down, just like when an aircraft tried to pass the Tarakan region without clearance in 2015," he asserted. ■