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Mandala Airlines Misses a Deadline

Failure of Indonesia's Mandala Airline to Extend Route Authorizations May Spell End of Air Carrier.

(2/19/2011) Following the suspension of all services by the Indonesian air carrier Mandala Airlines on January 13m 2011 [See: Mandala Airline Suspends Services], it is appearing increasing unlikely that the carrier will be able to emerge from a time window provided by the government to reorganize its finances, secure new airplanes and recommence flight services.

TEMPO Interactive reports that the airline has allowed a 30-day deadline to come and go, failing to make the required applications needed to maintain its flight route permit. "I have not received any request from Mandala," said Herry Bhakti Singoyuda Gumay, Director General of Air Transportation of the Transportation Ministry.

The deadline to request the extension expired on Thursdays, March 17, 2011, essentially putting the old Mandala routes up for grab by other Indonesia air carriers.