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Indonesia relieved after EU flight ban lifted

Indonesia relieved after EU flight ban lifted

Indonesia welcomed yesterday the European Union's decision to remove flag-carrier Garuda Airlines and three other Indonesian airlines from its aviation blacklist.
The EU's executive commission announced Tuesday that Indonesia had achieved "significant improvements" in safety since all Indonesian-registered aircraft were banned from EU airspace in June 2007, after several deadly crashes.
"This is the fruit of our labour. We appreciate the passion, trust and technical cooperation which has been shown by the European Union safety unit," Transport Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal told reporters. "This was not an easy journey."
The flight ban had angered Jakarta and complicated ongoing talks between the huge mainly Muslim country and Brussels over a partnership agreement, which are now expected to proceed with new momentum.
The European Commission said Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Prime Air "can be taken off the list because their authority ensures that they respect the international safety standards."
None of the airlines currently flies to European territory but Garuda is reportedly considering opening new routes to Europe.
Indonesia introduced new air safety regulations last year, incorporating standards recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization including the creation of a safety committee answerable to the president. Djamal said other improvements had been made in airline staff numbers and training, as well as investments in equipment.


Updated : 2021-10-21 18:45 GMT+08:00