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Indonesian Aviation Ban Likely to Stay Until at Least June

Extension of Aviation Blacklisting Will Lengthen Ban to Two Year Mark.

(4/4/2009) Bisnis Indonesia says its highly likely that the European Union (EU) will extend its current blacklisting of Indonesian aviation for an additional three months.

The Director General of Civil Aviation, Herry Bakti S. Gumay told the press that the prolongation of the ban on the operation of Indonesian registered aircraft into European air space has been signaled by the Indonesian representative who will be observing meetings of the EU discussing aviation safety.

According to Bakti, the EU is also refusing requests for a fast-tracking of safety authorization put forth by four Indonesian air carriers - Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Airfast and Premiair.

Bakti remains hopeful that the EU will favorably consider the many advances made in Indonesian aviation and consider lifting the blacklisting in June 2009.

Bakti, speaking at a press conference regarding the arrival of Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200 intended to serve new routes to Amsterdam, praised the many advances made by the national air carrier. Bakti said: "Garuda has every thing they can. A new armada of aircraft is arriving and they also have a strong financial performance despite a difficult economic condition at the moment. All this is extraordinary."

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