Indonesia airlines cleared to fly to US
INDONESIAN airlines have been cleared to fly to the United States after regulators there scrapped a nearly decade-long ban imposed for safety reasons, an official said yesterday.
US transport officials said in a letter Indonesia’s aviation sector had met international standards and its safety rating had accordingly been upgraded.
Indonesian carriers were banned from flying to the US in 2007 after the Federal Aviation Administration downgraded their safety rating.
The restrictions followed a series of accidents including fatal crashes by state-owned Garuda.
Crashes have continued since 2007, including the loss of 162 lives aboard an AirAsia flight in late 2014.
But the FAA said Indonesia’s efforts to improve its oversight system had resulted in “positive findings” during a safety assessment earlier this year.
Garuda is expected to start direct flights to the US next year, expanding its long-haul international network which includes destinations like London and Amsterdam.
The airline in April ordered 14 new-generation Airbus planes for US$4 billion. –