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All Indonesian Arlines Have Been Banned from Flying to Europe
June 29th, 2007

A safety crackdown by EU put all Indonesian Airlines on an aviation blacklist, in short All Indonesian airlines have been banned from flying to Europe. The national airline of Indonesia, Garuda, and the 50 other airlines registered in the country, will be kept away from the EU, although no Indonesian carriers at present fly to the continent. The ban was imposed following a series of accidents involving the country’s aircraft that have included two fatal crashes since the New Year which killed a total of 123 people. Poor maintenance and operating standards, as well as the slow reaction of Indonesian aviation authorities to demands for better standards, had also contributed to the ban.

Jacques Barrot, the EU transport commissioner, said: “Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide, but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety.”

The ban could affect the Indonesian tourist industry, with Europeans being warned not to use the country’s airlines. Travel agencies selling package tours involving carriers based in Indonesia are required to inform customers that the nation’s airlines are blacklisted. Holidaymakers who have booked flights with blacklisted carriers through tourist agents will receive a refund.

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