The Ministry of Transportation plans to help boost tourist arrivals with its policies, most of which are centered on improving air transportation, it said in a statement on Thursday (04/05). (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

FAA to Allow Indonesian Airlines Enter US Airspace


AUGUST 05, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesia may soon be granted permission from the United States Federal Aviation Administration, known as FAA, to enter US airspace, after nearly 10 years of waiting and four different Transportation Ministers.

The news broke just a week after Transportion Minister Budi Karya Sumadi assumed his post, replacing the controversial former minister Ignasius Jonan.

According to the ministry's director of aviation, Muhammad Alwi, as quoted by Antara news agency, Indonesia passed the FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) and is now in Category 1, which means that Indonesian air carriers may start or continue to operate in the United States. Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced that it plans to enter the US airspace next year.

Indonesia was downgraded to category 2 in 2007 due to "serious concerns" about safety and inadequate operational control systems.

Transportation Ministry expects the FAA to grant the permit shortly, ministry's aviation directorate spokesman, Hemi Pramuraharjo, told the Jakarta Globe on Friday (05/08).