Thursday, August 11, 2011

LION AIR as the WORST airline in the On Time Performance


Lion Air was recorded as the worst airline in the timeliness - the on time performance (OTP) in Indonesia. Based on the results recap of the Ministry of Transportation during the I quarter of 2011, the Lion Air’s OTP average only reaches 66.45%.

According Ministry of Transportation, this is not the first time of the airline that owned by PT Lion Mentari Airlines has record a poor performance in the OTP. During January - April 2011, the Lion Air on time perfomance had reached a low of 54.30% in February. Whereas the highest achieved in April OTP at 77.30%.

Batavia Airlines OTP rate slightly better, reaching 68.83%. While the best OTP is still held by Garuda Indonesia 86.98%, while the OTP of Merpati Airlines 75.60%, Sriwijaya Air 74% and AirAsia 71.96%.

Director General of Civil Aviation, Herry Bakti, ask the airline who has punctuality rate into a bad category to improve its performance so that it can reach 80%. "They have to arrange the schedule according to ability," he said.

Herry said, airlines are often late is usually caused by high frequency of flights, but not matched with the fleet and adequate human resources. As for Lion Air, Ministry of Transportation has given sanction in the form of six-unit reduction in the frequency of plane flights.

Flight Observer, Ruth Hannah Simatupang, argues, to improve the on time performance, the airline should work with other airlines during a delay or cancellation. "So far, the only Garuda Indonesia has did it and it was for international routes," said Ruth..

Edward Sirait, General Director of Lion Air, pledging it will continue to improve the on time performance. Since reducing the frequency of flights, the OTP has increased. "Our last July OTP 76%," said Edward. In addition to reducing the frequency, Lion Air also increase the OTP by adding ground time from 35 minutes to 45 minutes.