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Three more weekly flights operated by Indonesia AirAsia to Singapore have been cancelled amid an official probe by the Indonesian authorities into the airline’s flying permits, The Straits Times reported.
With immediate effect, QZ367 from Bandung to Singapore will not fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It is not clear when or if the flights will resume.
The latest development comes after Indonesia AirAsia was ordered to stop flying between Surabaya and Singapore for not having the necessary permits. According to Indonesia’s Transport Ministry, approval was given only for four flights a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
But the airline was operating the route on Sundays as well, including on Dec 28 when the flight crashed into the Java Sea. There were 162 people on board the aircraft. According to Singapore’s civil aviation regulator, an airline must obtain approval from the authorities at both ends before it can operate a route.
When Indonesia AirAsia applied to the Singapore side for approval to operate the Surabaya-Singapore sector, the approval was granted based on available traffic rights under the air deal with Indonesia and landing slots at Changi Airport.
The crash of QZ8501 has triggered an extensive review by the Indonesian authorities into all flights operated by the airline.