Indonesia to Replace Airport Navigation System

1 September 2010 (Last Updated September 1st, 2010 18:30)

The Transport Department of Indonesia is considering a plan to replace the navigation system at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport following a malfunction on the 29 August. The current system stopped working for 30 minutes, delaying nine flights and queuing up 15 others on the ru

The Transport Department of Indonesia is considering a plan to replace the navigation system at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport following a malfunction on the 29 August.

The current system stopped working for 30 minutes, delaying nine flights and queuing up 15 others on the runway prior to take off.

The new system will be developed in 2011, with an initial cost of between IDR700bn ($77m) and IDR900bn ($99m), according to tempointeractive.com.

Director general of Air Transport Herry Bhakti said the Jakarta Advance Air Traffic Services will install the system, which matches with the technology currently installed at the Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar.

Herry said the department is looking for an investor who will be able to install the more sophisticated foreign technology at the airport.