Australian tourists should expect to meet more Americans in Bali – the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has upgraded Indonesia’s air safety rating and given Indonesian airlines the green light to fly again to the USA.
Indonesian news agency Antara quoted the director of airworthiness and plane operations at the Indonesian Transportation Ministry’s Directorate General of Air Transportation, Mohammad Alwi, saying the FAA had lifted Indonesia’s air safety rating from category 2 to category 1.
“After 10 years of efforts, we finally passed it and the US ambassador has congratulated me on it,” Alwi told the news agency.
AirlineRatings.com considers that Garuda will be quick to take advantage of the change. The airline’s president, Arif Wibowo, has said previously the carrier planned to begin flights next year between Jakarta and New York and Los Angeles.
Given that Garuda will want to make a success of the new routes, and considering that other Indonesian airlines may want to compete, American visitation to Bali seems likely to shoot up.
Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, and Japan are the top five sources of visitors to Indonesia. The US does not even rank. The US is a bit farther away of course, but air links and airfares are factors as well. Americans have been able to travel visa-free to Bali, and the rest of Indonesia, since last June.
Written by Peter Needham