Indonesian airlines win safety clearance to start US flights

Indonesian airlines win safety clearance to start US flights

Airlines from Indonesia have been cleared to begin flying to the US after a safety review by regulators.

As a result, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia could begin flying to the US next year, according to reports.

A possible new service from the Indonesian capital Jakarta to New York or Los Angeles is being considered.

The US Federal Aviation Administration said the Asian country had been upgraded to ‘Category 1’ - the top-tier air-safety rating - after nearly a decade.

Indonesia's fast-growing aviation market suffered several high-profile accidents and was downgraded in 2007, the BBC reported.

The European Union also recently lifted a ban on three Indonesian airlines.

After a safety review in March, Indonesia now complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards, the FAA said.

"With the International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 rating, Indonesian air carriers...can establish service to the United States and carry the code of US carriers," the authority said.

Indonesia has had 13 fatal plane crashes in the past decade, according to Flightglobal data, higher than the global average.


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