Indonesian ministers optimistic 3 airliners to get EU travel ban lifting soon

16:51, June 21, 2010      

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Indonesian Transport Minister Freddy Numberi said on Monday that he was optimistic that three Indonesian airliners would soon be freed from the European travel ban, following the lifting of the ban on four leading carriers recently.

The minister said that the plan to lift the ban for the three airliners, Lion Air, Batavia Air and AirAsia, has been processed. "We are optimistic that they can be lifted soon," said Numberi.

The European Union imposed travel ban on 51 Indonesian airliners in July 2007 due to lack of safety following rampant air accidents that killed over 250 people.

Then in July 2009, the union lifted the ban on four leading airliners after improving safety standard. On June first, one of the airliners Garuda Indonesia started flying to Amsterdam.

Minister Numberi said that a team from the European Union Commission came into Indonesia to discuss the plan. "We want the three airliners to be able to fly to Europe," said Numberi.

Previously Director General of Air Transport of Transport Ministry Herry Bhakti Gumay said that the ministry has targeted to free 37 airliners from the European ban next year.

Indonesia has improved its air safety after cooperating with the experts from the European Union.

Previously the Union has hailed Indonesia's aviation law passed in December 2008, as the group previously blamed much on the country's regulation side in lack of safety.

Source: Xinhua


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