INDONESIA: Four Indonesian carriers off EU ‘black-list’

The European Commission has released its eleventh update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union with good news for four Indonesian carriers which have been removed from the so-called ‘black-list’. “We cannot afford any compromises in air safety, we have to remain vigilant; citizens have the right to fly safely every […]


The European Commission has released its eleventh update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union with good news for four Indonesian carriers which have been removed from the so-called ‘black-list’.

“We cannot afford any compromises in air safety, we have to remain vigilant; citizens have the right to fly safely every where in the world” said European Commission vice president Antonio Tajani announcing the revised list.

“We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe – it is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere.”

Calling for an international blacklist, Tajani added: “This list has greatly contributed to making Europe’s skies safer. We should gradually move towards an international strategy based on cooperation between countries around the world.”

For the four Indonesian carriers it was a particularly sweet victory being struck off the list. Noting the “significant improvements and accomplishments of the Indonesian civil aviation authority,” in the area of safety, Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Premiair were struck off the list “because their authority ensures that they respect the international safety standards,” the EC said. The four were on the black-list since July 2007 after a string of fatal accidents.