FAA Lifts Ban on Indonesian Airline Flights to U.S.

By Jesse Sokolow on 17 August 2016
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DSC_4666For the past nine years, Indonesian airlines have been barred from flying to the United States, but that is about to change.

On Monday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced the country now complies with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and is therefore entitled to a Category 1 rating The news means that Indonesian carriers can begin flying into and out of the United States, as well as codeshare with U.S. airlines.

The move follows a June decision by the European Union to lift a ban on three Indonesian carriers, namely Lion Air, Batik Air, and Citilink.

In 2007, Indonesia dropped from a Category 1 to a Category 2 rating. A Category 2 rating means that the country either “lacked laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards” or its civil aviation authority “was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, or inspection procedures,” the agency said.

Earlier this year, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s flag carrier, said it is looking into offering new service from Jakarta to either Los Angeles or New York.

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