The Indonesian State News Agency Antara reports that the European Union (EU) blacklisting of all Indonesian airlines in place since 2007 is about to be lifted, at least for four Indonesian carriers, clearing the way for Indonesian-flagged air passenger service to commence sometime in the first half of 2010. The four airlines reportedly recommended for getting a "green light" to enter European airspace are Garuda Indonesia, Mandala, Air Fast and Premiair.
Press reports say that the ban affecting the four airlines will be lifted in the coming weeks. This is based on recommendations issued during a meeting of the EU Safety Committee in Belgium that ended on Thursday, July 2, 2009. Traditionally, decisions issued by EU commissions must be translated into the 22 official languages of the UN before they can be officially rendered by the EU's Commission for Transportation Affairs.
Garuda has greeted the EU decision by declaring their intention to resume European service early in 2010 through the re-introduction of flights between Indonesia and Amsterdam. In delaying until early 2010 the resumption of European flights, Garuda says that 9 months are needed for the necessary preparations to resume European services.
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