INDONESIA: Four Indonesian carriers off EU Ã¢â‚¬Ëœblack-listÃ¢â‚¬™
The European Commission has released its eleventh update of the CommunityÃ¢â‚¬™s list of airlines banned in the European Union with good news for four Indonesian carriers which have been removed from the so-called Ã¢â‚¬Ëœblack-listÃ¢â‚¬™. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We cannot afford any compromises in air safety, we have to remain vigilant; citizens have the right to fly safely every […]
August 1, 2009
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We cannot afford any compromises in air safety, we have to remain vigilant; citizens have the right to fly safely every where in the worldÃ¢â‚¬Â said European Commission vice president Antonio Tajani announcing the revised list.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe Ã¢â‚¬“ it is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Calling for an international blacklist, Tajani added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“This list has greatly contributed to making EuropeÃ¢â‚¬™s skies safer. We should gradually move towards an international strategy based on cooperation between countries around the world.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For the four Indonesian carriers it was a particularly sweet victory being struck off the list. Noting the Ã¢â‚¬Å“significant improvements and accomplishments of the Indonesian civil aviation authority,Ã¢â‚¬Â in the area of safety, Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Premiair were struck off the list Ã¢â‚¬Å“because their authority ensures that they respect the international safety standards,Ã¢â‚¬Â the EC said. The four were on the black-list since July 2007 after a string of fatal accidents.