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Indonesian Airlines All Approved by European Union

Indonesian airlines approved by the European Union now include all those flying to Gorontalo. In fact, all Indonesia’s airlines now have EU approval. This is great news for travelers whom must take internal flights to reach their desired destination.

EU Approval Granted

Late last year, the International Civil Aviation Organisation evaluated Indonesian airlines. As a result it upgraded Indonesia’s safety ranking from 151 to 55. Following that evaluation, EU officials made an assessment visit to Indonesia in early 2018. As a result, the EU granted flying approval to all Indonesian airlines.

“I am particularly glad that after years of work, we are today able to clear all air carriers from Indonesia. It shows that hard work and close cooperation pay off,” said Violeta Bulc, EU’s Commissioner for Transport.

In turn, Indonesia’s Minister of Transport Budi Karya Sumadi welcomed EU’s assessment.

“I must thank all stakeholders for having followed the `rule of the game` to meet the international safety standards. It is a (matter of) pride in itself and makes it possible for them to market their products to attract more attention and boost their sales

,” said Mr. Sumadi.

Travelers can verify for themselves that no Indonesian airlines appear on European Union website list of banned airlines.

A Decade of Improvement

In June 2007, the European Union blacklisted all domestic airlines in Indonesia. At that time, no Indonesian airlines actually flew in European airspace. Most of all, the European Union flight ban was a response to a series of high-profile aviation accidents. Jacques Barrot served as EU vice president in charge of transport. He announced the European Union flight ban. In clarification

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, he stated,“Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool, not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide, but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety.”

The ban also required travel agents in Europe to inform those traveling to Indonesia. Most noteworthy, the EU ban had an immediate, negative impact on the tourism sector in Indonesia. This included dive operators in Sulawesi.

Indonesian Airlines Work Hard to Improve

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Garuda Indonesia aircraft in Gorontalo

Two years later in July 2009 came the lifting of the European Union flight ban against Garuda Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia received its air safety certification from the International Air Travel Association the year before. Furthermore, IATA’s standards are very strict.

A year later in 2010, Indonesia Air Asia gained EU permission to fly there. Actually, this airline had not yet begun operating at the time of the original European Union flight ban.

In June 2016, the EU lifted its flight ban on three additional domestic carriers. Those were Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air.

Now, all of Indonesia’s airlines are approved by the European Union. Should you need flight information when coming to Gorontalo for your dive trip, please contact with us.

Gorontalo Airport Features New Terminal

Gorontalo airport has a new terminal building. For travelers both local and international, the facility upgrade will provide a pleasant experience.

Djalaluddin Airport’s New Terminal

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View through blue-tinted glass

Opening in mid-2016, the new terminal at Gorontalo airport sports an attractive design. This design calls to mind the influence of the province’s deep blue oceans. Consequently, its external architecture features waves as well as glass tinted a deep blue.

The new Gorontalo airport terminal has numerous modern features. These include spacious baggage claim areas and corridors. Passengers arriving by large jet can now exit using sky bridges. Additionally, the airport is smoke-free. The new terminal provides a designated smoking area.

Gorontalo Airport in History

The Indonesian military originally developed the airport for its use in the 1950s. In 1974 the military initiated a name change. As a result, the original name of Tolotio Airport became Djalaluddin Airport. Djalaluddin is the name of a Gorontalo colonel pilot. He died in the Dwikora Operation in Malaysia in 1964. He was lost along with his Hercules aircraft. Consequently, the name change marked a decade after this tragedy.

The Gorontalo airport expanded after Gorontalo became its own province in 2000. Then Governor Fadel Muhammad extended the runways to accommodate jets. Additionally, he procured an airport instrument landing system, allowing planes to land at night.

Miguel’s Diving staff remember the quiet days at the airport in the late 1990s. Prospective passengers would drive to the airport. Then everyone would wait for the single flight from Manado. If the plane did not arrive, everyone would return home. They knew that the flight had been canceled because of too few passengers.

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New baggage claim area


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, major airlines provide daily flights. These airlines include Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik Air and Sriwijaya. Wings Air now flies at least once a day to Manado.

The IATA code for the Gorontalo airport is GTO.

Infrastructure Development

Gorontalo’s new terminal building represents one of the large projects of Indonesian central government to improve infrastructure in the vast archipelago. Terminal 3 at the main Jakarta airport is another example. That airport is Sukarno-Hatta in Banten. Airports that mark transit points for Gorontalo-bound travelers also have fairly new terminals. Those include Hasanuddin in Makassar, Ngurah Rai in Denpasar Bali and Sam Ratulangi in Manado.

Divers, who arrange diving packages with Miguel’s Diving, enjoy airport transfers. To book your dive trip,please contact with us.

Changes in Flying after Diving Guidelines

The Flying After Diving Guidelines Workshop held in North Carolina, USA in May 2002 produced the following recommendations.These flying after diving guidelines apply to flights at altitudes between 600 meters (2,000 feet) and 2,400 meters (8,000 feet) and for divers without symptoms of decompression sickness. Following these recommendations does not guarantee that a diver will avoid DCS.

The New Flying After Diving Guidelines

For scuba diving within the no-decompression limits, the new recommendations are as follows.
Single dives: a minimum pre-flight surface internal of 12 hours is suggested.
Repetitive dives and/or multi-day diving: a minimum pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.

For scuba diving requiring decompression stops, the new recommendation is:
A minimum pre-flight surface interval greater than 18 hours is suggested.

These changes to the old flying after diving guidelines are based on work by Buehlmann and Vann et al that suggests that immediate ascent to 600 meters (2,000 feet) altitude is possible with low risk of DCS. In light of this research, the US Navy in 1999 adopted more flexible guidelines.

Impact of Recreational Scuba Diving

PADI is incoporating these revised guidelines in its training programs.

The new guidelines are good news for guests of Miguel’s Diving who wish to get in two morning dives the day prior to boarding the morning flights the next day. Our typical dive and hotel package reflects the changes in these guidelines.