Garuda Indonesia plans to resume service to Europe today, Bloomberg reports. Today's flight headed to Amsterdam via Dubai is the first Garuda flight to the EU in six years.
Garuda stopped servicing Europe in 2004, citing losses on the route. The EU subsequently added all Indonesian carriers to its blacklist fter a series of fatal crashes led to concerns about maintenance and repair procedures; a Mandala Airlines crash in September 2005 and an AdamAir crash in January 2007 among others prompted the ban. Garuda's most recent accident occurred in March 2006, a crash on landing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia that killed 21.
The EU gave the OK to Garuda and three other Indonesian airlines (Airfast, Manda and Permiair) to resume flights to the EU in June 2009.