Monday, April 11, 2016. Two incredible scholars in air law visited Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga. Wouter Oude Alink and Thomas Leclerc was invited to give lectures about air law specifically in the aviation system. Took place in Aula Pancasila, the public lecture was opened by Mr. Adhy Riyadhi Arafah one of the expert lecturer on air law in Universitas Airlangga.
9.15 AM, Mr. Alink started his presentation about the regime of International Civil Aviation Organization on Chicago Convention 1944. Having the degree in Master of Arts in Leiden University, Mr. Alink presented his research article-per-article, such a style of civil law system. He also ever joined the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) at Leiden University to support his expertise. In Indonesia this Chicago Convention 1944 was ratified six year after which is 27 April 1950 and effective one month later.
The second lecture was given by the alumna of International Law Montesqueiu-Boerdaux IV University, Thomas Leclerc. Mr. Leclerc was giving the lecture about the evolution from traditional bilateral to open skies. His presentation was linked to the first presentation by Mr. Alink about the Chicago Convention 1944. The chapter II of Chicago Convention 1944 consists about the flight territory over the contracting states. This old-school regime was the background of the Open Skies system which is the liberalization of aviation system. There are nine rights and privileges that may be granted from the bilateral treaties: to fly across the territory without landing, to land in either state for non-traffic purpose, to land in the territory of the first state disembark passengers coming from the home state of the airline, to land in the territory of the first state and board passengers travelling to the home state of the airline, to land in the territory of the first state and board passengers travelling on to a third state where the passengers disembark, to transport passengers moving between two other states via the home state of the airline, to transport passengers between the territory of the granting State and any third State without going through the home state of the airline, to transport cabotage traffic between two points in the territory of the granting State on a service which originates or terminates in the home state of the foreign carrier or (in connection with the so-called Seventh Freedom) outside the territory of the granting State (also known as consecutive cabotage), and to transport cabotage traffic of the granting State on a service performed entirely within the territory of the granting State.
Lectures were ended at twelve o’clock and continued with having lunch together with the invitees. The moderator of today’s public lectures was Yuanita Auliarahma who felt so honored. “It’s an honor for me to meet such kind people with my minimum skill I have”, she said modestly.
Being asked about dream aviation system, “green aviation system” is one of the dream of Mr. Leclerc for the aviation system in the world. Dealing with both environmental and air law, Mr. Leclerc wants that in the future, this kind of aviation system will put more attention to the environmental issue towards the civilization. In the other hand, Mr. Alink focuses on the fair competitions among the airlines without any disturbance from the outside.
“There is a huge opportunity to Indonesia in this liberalization, such as the opportunity between the EU and the Asian regarding the block open skies agreement. So, my conclusion is to move forward and to continue to liberalize and create your opportunities in this aviation system”, said Mr. Alink as he tried to conclude what he has presented today.
The full liberalization happens in the EU aviation systems, causing the cost is cut down and so is the service; that’s one of the obstacle of liberalization. Overall, Mr. Alink and Mr. Leclerc were enjoying the services from the Indonesian airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and also they were amazed by the airports both in Jakarta and Surabaya. “It’s very promising”, Mr. Alink admired. “Very good experience”, Mr. Leclerc added.