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EU removes ban against Batik Air, Citilink, Lion Air

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 17, 2016   /  12:56 pm
EU removes ban against Batik Air, Citilink, Lion Air Aircraft park on the apron of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on June 6. (Antara/Fanny Octavianus)

The European Commission removed bans against three Indonesian airlines on Thursday, allowing them to offer flights in European airspace, an ambassador has said.

The commission, the regulatory arm of the EU, has updated its Air Safety List and decided to lift a ban on low-cost carriers Citilink and Lion Air as well as full-service carrier Batik Air, EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guerend said on Friday.

The EU Air Safety List, used to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, is a list of airlines that fail to meet international standards and have been banned from operating within the European Union.

“I am delighted that three airlines certified in Indonesia are cleared from the list,” Guerend said at a press conference on Friday.

The decision was made following an EU on-site safety assessment carried out in April.

Furthermore, information provided by the air transportation director general at the Transportation Ministry and the managements of the three carriers on safety and operational management supported the decision. The lifting of the ban would benefit EU and Indonesia relations to increase tourism, trade and investments, Guerend added.

The EU had lifted a ban on flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (Premiair) in 2009 and Indonesia AirAsia in 2010. (sha/rin)