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EU lifts ban on all Indonesian airlines

Indonesia has been given an Idul Fitri gift as the European Union ban on Indonesian airlines was lifted a day before the festivities.

The EU’s executive body, the European Commission, cleared all Indonesian carriers from the EU Air Safety List, which prohibits a number of airlines from operating within EU member states.

“Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Indonesia are cleared from the list; following further improvements to the aviation safety situation that was ascertained in the country,” said the EU press release received by The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The ban was revoked after a positive assessment of Indonesia’s flight safety by the International Civil Aviation Organization in October last year and the EU aviation audit agency in March this year, according to a press statement by the Foreign Ministry also on Thursday.

“[It is] the most beautiful gift for Indonesia this Idul Fitri,” said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi on her official Instagram @retno_marsudi. “The long fight eventually delivered a satisfying result.”

Source: The Jakarta Post