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Indonesian Aviation Still in the European Doghouse

EU Extends Blacklisting of Indonesian Aviation for 3 More Months.

(11/29/2008) In late October 2008, while attending the Asian-European (ASEM) meeting in Beijing, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the unwelcome news from the President of the European Commission that the "blacklisting" of Indonesian aircraft by the EU would be extended for at least another 3 months. That "blacklisting" prohibits any Indonesia registered aircraft from landing within or over flying European airspace, effectively putting on hold any plans by an Indonesian carrier to resume flights from Bali to any European capital.

In citing one of the reasons for the continuing prohibition, the EU is calling on Indonesia to revise the aviation law of 1992, seen as inadequate to address safety and security among the Country's commercial airlines.

In a press release posted on the European Commission Website on November 14, 2008, the Commission's Vice-President in charge of transport, Antonio Tajani, said the airlines and countries listed on the "so called Blacklist" fails to achieve "a certain degree of safety on which they can rest assured."

The new list of "unsafe airlines" dated November 11, 2008, supersedes the previous list published in July 2008.

Despite successful efforts by a number of Indonesian carriers, including Garuda Indonesia and Mandala Airlines to meet the International Air Traffic Associationís (IATA's) operating safety audit (IOSA) standards, the European ban remains in place reflecting the EU's view that proper Indonesian government supervision of national airline sector remains fundamentally lacking.

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