Indonesia welcomes the European Union’s decision (16/06) to lift a flight ban for 3 (three) Indonesian air carriers, namely Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air. The decision was made after the European Union Air Safety Committee met earlier this month.
The flight ban on Indonesia’s carriers was initially introduced in 2007 and gradually lifted for several airlines in 2009 and 2011, namely Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, and Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua.
The decision to lift the flight ban is a reflection of Indonesia’s diplomacy and technical achievements in strengthening and improving air safety in Indonesia. During the visit of President Joko Widodo to the European Union (Brussels) on April 21, 2016, Leaders discussed about increasing cooperation on air transport between Indonesia and EU, including the discussion on possible further lifting of Indonesian air carriers from EU’s flight ban List.
It was in this context, EU has sent technical team from the European Union to conduct an on-site evaluation in Indonesia in April 2016. As a follow-up, the Indonesian authority together with the three said airlines were invited to the EU Air Safety Committee meeting in Brussels at the end of May up to early June 2016 to present the development on Indonesian air safety assurance.
Indonesia has one of the fastest growing air transport industry in the world and the EU decision provides confidence for Indonesian authority and air carriers. The decision is also expected to bring mutual benefits for both Indonesia and the European Union, such as Indonesian air carriers would benefit from broader market access, while European customers would also have greater airline choices.
Indonesia also welcomes the cooperation extended by the European Union and several EU Member States and this achievement could serve as a starting point for future model of cooperation.
Source: Indonesian Foreign Ministry