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Aviation Safety: 115 Airlines Banned from EU Skies

A total of 115 airlines are banned from EU skies, according to the EU Air Safety List that was updated recently by the European Commission.

The EU Air Safety List is the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for Europeans and all other passengers travelling in the European Union.

Following the Commission’s update, a total of 115 airlines are banned from EU skies:

109 airlines certified in 15 states (Afghanistan; Angola – with the exception of 2 airlines; Republic of the Congo; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; the Kyrgyz Republic; Liberia; Libya; Moldova – with the exception of 3 airlines; Nepal; São Tomé and Príncipe; Sierra Leone; and Sudan), due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these.
six individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

Also, an additional three airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros) and Iran Air (Iran).

According to Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean, the updated EU Air Safety List illustrates the Commission’s continuous efforts to offer the highest level of safety.

“Not only to European travellers, but to travellers worldwide, because aviation safety knows no border or nationalities,” Vălean said.

All Gabonese air carriers cleared

The EU Air Safety List brought positive news for Gabon (on the list since 2008) as all airlines certified in the country have been released from the list following improvements to the aviation safety situation there. However, the Armenian Civil Aviation Committee has been put under heightened scrutiny because of signs of a decrease in safety oversight.

According to the Commission, the EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but also helps affected airlines and countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list. In addition, the EU Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the EU Air Safety List would become necessary.

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