10 Apr 2011

Garuda airline eyes NZ again

11:56 am on 10 April 2011

An Indonesian airline that was once banned from European airspace, is considering re-starting flights from New Zealand.

Garuda Indonesia is at the early stages of discussions about operating from this country. It last flew to and from New Zealand in 2006.

A year later it was put on a blacklist by Brussels for two years, with the European Union declaring that Garuda was among 51 airlines that were "really unsafe".

The ban was lifted in 2009 when the airline's safety improved.

The Ministry of Transport says Garuda has indicated it wants to fly again from New Zealand, but will need approval from the Civil Aviation Authority first.

Dr Todd Curtis, the founder of the 'airsafe' website which monitors airline safety, says Garuda has a poor crash record within Indonesia.

But he says the airline's international record is better.