The European Commission on Thursday said it has removed all Indonesian carriers from the EU airline blacklist because the Asian country made sufficient improvements to raise its aviation safety to EU and ICAO standards.
Brussels imposed a blanket ban on Indonesia in 2007 due to “unaddressed safety concerns,” effectively prohibiting all 51 Indonesian airlines from operating to the EU and requiring travel agents in Europe to inform passengers planning to travel in Indonesia of the country’s poor safety record.
Over the past years, the EC removed just seven Indonesian operators—including Jakarta-based low-cost carrier Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia and its regional operation Citilink—from the list.
The commission has now removed all airlines certified in Indonesia from the list, said European commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc. “It shows that hard work and close cooperation pay off,” she added. The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency typically assist blacklisted countries and airlines to improve their safety procedures and standards.
Fifteen countries, representing 114 airlines, still suffer under a blanket ban due to the lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities, the Commission said.
The EC has individually blacklisted five other airlines—Iraqi Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Iran Aseman Airlines, Blue Wing Airlines in Suriname, and Nigeria’s Med-View Airlines. A further six carriers—Gabon’s Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG, Air Koryo in North Korea, Air Service Comores, Iran Air, and TAAG Angola Airlines—remain subject to operational restrictions and can fly to the EU only with specific aircraft types.