EU Lifts Ban on Three More Indonesian Airlines

Indonesia English-speaking newspaper Jakarta Post announced that the European Commission removed on Thursday a ban against three more Indonesian airlines. They are now allowed to fly into the European air space but this does not mean that any new Indonesian carrier will land any time soon in Europe.

The commission, the regulatory arm of the EU, has updated its Air Safety List and decided to lift a ban on low-cost carriers Citilink and Lion Air as well as full-service carrier Batik Air, EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guerend said on Friday.

The EU Air Safety List, used to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, is a list of airlines that fail to meet international standards and have been banned from operating within the European Union. “I am delighted that three airlines certified in Indonesia are cleared from the list,” Guerend said at a press conference on Friday.

The decision was made following an EU on-site safety assessment carried out in April. EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “Aviation safety is my top priority and today’s update illustrates our continuous efforts to offer the highest level of air safety to European citizens. I am happy to say that after seven years of work and extensive European technical assistance, we were able to clear all Zambian air carriers from the list. Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May. Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies.

The lifting of the ban would benefit EU and Indonesia relations to increase tourism, trade and investments, EU Ambassador in Indonesia added.

The EU already lifted a ban on Indonesia flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as well as on Airfast Indonesia, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (Premiair) back to 2009. Indonesia AirAsia followed in 2010.