EU clears Indonesian carriers from ban on air safety list




European Commission has lifted the ban on all Indonesian carriers from the EU Air Safety List, which prohibits a number of airlines from operating within EU member states, the company said.

The ban was revoked after a positive assessment of Indonesia´s flight safety by the International Civil Aviation Organization in October last year and the EU aviation audit agency in March this year, according to a press statement by the Foreign Ministry.

The ministry´s Director General for American and European Affairs Muhammad Anshor said the revocation was “the result of the hard work of the Foreign Ministry.
All Indonesian airlines were put on the EU Air Safety List in 2007 because of unaddressed safety concerns.

The major carriers, such as Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua, Indonesia Air Asia, Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air, were removed gradually from 2009 to 2016, but the remaining Indonesian airlines were still on the list until Thursday.