The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) raised Indonesia's flight-safety rank from 151 to 55, Xinhua.Net informs. Indonesia recorded level of compliance in the aspect of safety of 81.15%, exceeding the level required by the ICAO of 64.71%.

The safety grade is measured among the 191 ICAO members and rising of the rank for Indonesia “is extraordinary as it passes 91 nations,” Director General of Air Transport of the Transport Ministry Agus Santoso stated.

ICAO upgraded the level of aviation safety in the country after its government implemented series of improvements in recent years.

According to IATA's report made in 2015, “safety is the biggest concern for the successful development of aviation in Indonesia. ” In ICAO's Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program Indonesia was assessed as below the global average as, according to its data, Indonesia has had at least one aircraft accident every year since 2010. Thus, there were multiple plane crashes in Indonesia in 2015. In December 2015, 162 people were killed when an Indonesia AirAsia plane en route to Singapore ditched into the Java Sea.  

In April 2007, the US Federation Aviation Administration downgraded Indonesia to Category 2 in its International Aviation Safety Assessment program. And the EU continues to have a ban on all but five Indonesian carriers.

The ICAO's report form 2014 showed that Indonesia scored below the global average in all eight areas it assessed during its audit. Thus, Indonesian airworthiness was scored at 61%, lower than the worldwide average of 73.9%.

In 2015, The Indonesian government announced fixing some of the problems the ICAO had pointed out in its audit, such as those regarding aircraft inspection training as well as the country's poor safety oversight, the Jakarta Post reports. The country's government claimed that these measures would significantly raise the flight-safety level of Indonesia’s accident-plagued aviation industry. However, ICAO audit of Indonesia in 2016 showed that level of implementation of ICAO standards was still below the world average.