Aug 16, 2016
Indonesian carriers cleared for US flights after nine-year ban
Indonesian airlines have been cleared to begin flying to the US, after a safety review by regulators.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Indonesia 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 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 in a statement.
"With the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating, Indonesian air carriers...can establish service to the United States and carry the code of US carriers," the FAA said.
The South-east Asian nation has had 13 fatal plane crashes in the past decade, according to Flightglobal data, higher than the global average.
BBC News Services