I need to fly from Denpasar Airport, Bali to Labuan Bajo, Flores. Now the airlines that fly there are Indonesia Air Transport (IAT), Merpati Airlines , TransNusa and Wings Air (Lionair) though the latter hasn't any flights on the day I want to fly.
However the 'British Foreign Office Travel Advice Service' says
With the exception of Garuda Airlines, Mandala Airlines (not currently operating), Airfast and Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (operating as PremiAir), Metro Batavia and Indonesia Air Asia, all other Indonesian passenger airlines are refused permission to operate services to the EU because Indonesia is unable to ensure that these airlines meet international safety standards. We advise you to avoid flying with Indonesian passenger airlines subject to the EU operating ban.
So no flights in this list correspond with the list of airlines that as far as I know fly there. So what does that mean, are they flying coffins or something or is the safety advice a bit OTT?
Hilary, it's a weird catch-22 situation. If an airline wishes to fly to EU destinations it needs to comply with the safety audit for Europe. Any airline which has not applied for and complied with the relevant safety standards is automatically deemed 'unfit' to fly to Europe.
But if you do not intend to fly to (or are incapable of flying to) Europe why would you waste time and effort getting European certification?
So, being refused permission to fly to Europe doesn't necessarily mean they've tried to, and have been knocked back on safety concerns... it also means they are refused permission because they've never asked!
If you want to check on the safety record of an airline use this handy little website:
Much better information and more accurate for determining flying coffins from legit' airlines.
Phil over 7 years agoAnswered by Ask Phil
I'd suggest going by bus and ferry, although that is hardly any safer. I've also flown with many of those airlines ... over 7 years agoAnswered by Original Nomad
Eh this is a short internal hop, I don't think AirAsia do that however I am using them on my outward London-Kuala Lumper-Medan sectors. Do you work for them? over 7 years agoAnswered by Hilary
My suggestions are taking wings air to laboan bajo or maybe bima then charter a vehicle to go to your destination. If u need driver contacs in bima ( nusa tenggara barat) let me know over 7 years agoAnswered by William Lee
I've already booked Merpati Airlines, thanks. They were the only one suitable for me needs. over 7 years agoAnswered by Hilary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisson_distribution over 7 years agoAnswered by poisson