Indonesia Successfully Takes Over Riau-Natuna FIR from Singapore
- Biro Pers Sekretariat Presiden.
VIVA – President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia successfully takes over the Flight Navigation Service Area (FIR) over the Riau and Natuna Islands from Singapore. President said it in a statement regarding the FIR Adjustment Agreement.
"Thanks to the hard work of all parties, we have succeeded in returning the management of air space over the Riau Islands and Natuna to the Republic of Indonesia," Jokowi conveyed in his statement that was broadcast virtually through the Presidential Secretariat's YouTube account on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
President Jokowi announced that he had signed a Presidential Regulation on the Ratification of the FIR Agreement between Indonesia and Singapore.
With the signing of the Presidential Regulation on the agreement, the area of ??Indonesia's FIR which is internationally recognized as part of the Jakarta FIR has increased by 249,575 square kilometers.
According to President Jokowi, the FIR adjustment agreement between Indonesia and Singapore is a step forward for international recognition of Indonesia's air space, which at the same time increases the assurance of aviation safety and security.
Including, it can increase non-tax state revenues and this can be a momentum for the modernization of aviation navigation equipment and the development of Indonesian human resources.
Indonesia's efforts to end the status quo of air space over the Riau and Natuna Islands have been carried out since 1995 and more intense in 2015 under the leadership of President Joko Widodo.
In addition to increasing the scope of the Flight Information Region, other benefits of adjusting the FIR agreement include international recognition that FIRs above Riau Islands and Natuna will become Jakarta FIR areas.
Indonesia also has the independence to regulate commercial and state air traffic activities, and it can place members of the Civil Aviation Navigation Service Authority/ATC, and the military at the Singapore ATC.
With the adjustment of this agreement, the movement of aircraft passing over the Riau Islands and Natuna will be charged. So, it can generate income for Indonesia.
It can increase Indonesia's Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP) which can use for investment in the development of human resources and Indonesian aviation navigation equipment.