It has been reported that the Indonesian transport ministry has banned AirAsia from flying six of its domestic flights in the country as part of the crackdown on violation of regulations by the low cost airline.
Some may say that this is an overkill. When it involves the safety of the passengers and glaring violation of regulations, the civil aviation authority of all countries must not condone it. In fact, the aviation authorities must take drastic actions against airline that violate aviation regulations by withdrawing the Air Operation Certificate (AOC), revoking landing right and/or prosecute the airline concerned and/or its CEO.
In 2012 the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) only approved a temporary AOC for 6 months period due to non-compliance with safety standard set by DCA, HERE.
We cannot afford to see more lives are lost because of violation of regulations. Aviation regulations in all countries are imposed for not only to regulate the aviation industry but for safety purposes.
In the light of the revelation of AirAsia’s flight QZ8051 having violated the regulation by the Minister of Transport, AirAsia was lucky to get away with the banning of only six routes in Indonesia.