Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has requested a three-month suspension of airport service fees, Faik Fahmi, president of Indonesia's state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I, has confirmed.

Fahmi acknowledged on June 10 that the country's largest privately run airline had requested the suspension but added that the issue of the payment deferral was nothing new and had been under discussion with the carrier since January, Kompas reported. He did not mention the sums involved.

He was commenting on a statement made by Lion Air's communications officer, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, to local news media that it had postponed airport services payments for January, February, and March, adding that Lion Air Group would fulfil its payments starting from April within the "normal scheme" that other airlines follow.

Handy Heryudhitiawan, corporate secretary at the airport operator, said that an application letter for payment deferral had been received from Lion Air at the beginning of February and that both parties had been coordinating on the issue.

The payment suspension had already been settled, he added, confirming the airline's statement that payment of obligations starting from April would be carried out by the due date.