Australia’s government employees & contractors have been instructed not to fly with Lion Air or any of its subsidiary airlines after the carrier’s Boeing 737 aircraft crashed into the Java Sea.

Lion Air Flight 610 was 13 minutes into a flight from Jakarta to the Indonesian island of Pangkal Pinang on 29 October when the new aircraft crashed into the sea, killing all 181 passengers and six cabin crew members.

Investigations are underway to determine why the aircraft, which launched less than two months earlier, behaved erratically during takeoff and what caused it to drop 762-feet in around 21 seconds.

Until the reason behind the crash is made clear, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has instructed its employees and contractors against flying with the airline or any of its subsidiaries – Batik Air, Wings Air, Lion Bizjet, Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air.

Although the same instruction doesn’t apply to Australian travellers, the government’s move may have a few holidaymakers thinking twice about booking with the budget carrier.

“Following the fatal crash of a Lion Air plane on 29 October 2018, Australian government officials and contractors in Indonesia have been instructed not to fly on Lion Air or their subsidiary airlines that operate outside of Australia.”


“Australian travellers should make their own decisions on which airlines to travel with.”

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