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Indonesian Airlines Approved for Flights to United States

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | August 15, 2016

Indonesian Airlines Approved for Flights to United States

Photo Credit: Garuda Indonesia

On Monday, United States transport officials announced that airlines in Indonesia have been cleared to fly to America again for the first time since 2007.

According to Agence France-Presse, airline safety regulators reported Indonesia's aviation sector met international standards, and the country’s safety rating had been upgraded. The announcement comes almost 10 years after the Federal Aviation Administration banned flights from Indonesia due to a downgraded safety rating.

The European Union also imposed restrictions in 2007, but those have already been lifted.

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The original restrictions imposed on Indonesia were a result of several accidents, including fatal crashes from the national carrier Garuda. While accidents have continued—including a crash that killed 162 in 2014—the Indonesian government has made strides in safety protocols.

Garuda is expected to begin direct flights to the U.S. next year, and other Indonesian airlines have also expressed interest in flying to America. Thanks to the latest clearance, all Indonesian airlines will be permitted to fly to the U.S. pending FAA approval.

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