Ramp check is an important process to ensure air transportation safety, especially when the frequency of flights increases ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, acting Director General of Air Transportation at the Transportation Ministry Maria Kristi Endah Murni stated in Jakarta on Friday.
"Ramp checks on airplanes aim to verify (the airplanes') compliance with the standards and rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The scheduled (ramp checks) will be conducted by a team of inspectors from the Directorate of Airplane Airworthiness and Operation (DKPPU)," she noted.
Kristi said the ramp checks will be conducted on airplanes that have been registered and hold air operator certificates (AOC).
As of November 2022, there were 367 serviceable airplanes with AOC 121 and 223 aircraft with AOC 135.
"It is the airplanes that are ready to serve the public during Christmas and New Year holidays," she remarked.
AOC 121 is a certificate issued to an airplane, with a capacity of more than 30 seats, while AOC 135 is a certificate issued to aircraft having a capacity of below 30 seats.
The scheduled ramp checks will be conducted on airplanes at 38 airports in the country from December 21, 2022 to January 2, 2023. The ramp checks will be conducted by a team of personnel from DKPPU and Airport Authority Office (OBU) from regions I to X.
The number of air passengers during the Christmas and New Year holidays is expected to reach 3.62 million or 52.7 percent more as compared to a year earlier.
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