Indonesia airlines cleared to fly to US after safety upgrade

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The U.S. aviation regulator has upgraded Indonesia's safety rating, clearing the way for its airlines to fly to North America nearly a decade after it was barred.

The Federal Aviation Administration said its assessment completed in March found that safety oversight by Indonesia's civil aviation authority complied with international standards.

It said in a statement on Monday that the decision means Indonesian airlines that get necessary approvals can fly to the U.S. and code share with U.S. airlines.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 250 million people that is one of the world's fastest growing air travel markets, has had a bumpy safety record with numerous crashes of civilian and military aircraft and many near misses.

The FAA downgraded Indonesia in April 2007. Indonesian airlines were also barred from flying to Europe from 2007 to 2009.

The U.S. decision is a potential boost for national carrier Garuda, which is the Indonesian airline most likely to start regular flights to U.S. destinations.

You may also interested in

Miner BHP Billiton suffers $6.4 billion loss for 2015-16

Aug 16, 2016

The world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, on Tuesday reported a $6.4 billion loss _ the Anglo-Australian company's worst ever full-year result

Global stocks drift lower as investors await US data

Aug 16, 2016

Shares were lower across global markets on Tuesday in sluggish trading, while oil prices resumed gains

Home Depot rides housing boom to record sales, profit

Aug 16, 2016

Home Depot posted record sales and earnings during its second quarter and raised its profit expectations for the year as housing market continues to warm up