List of airlines that are subject to an operating ban within the European Union
Due to effective European air safety standards, European airspace is among the safest in the world. Although European Union and Member States are collaborating with competent air safety authorities in other countries to improve safety standards around the world; there are still some airlines that continue to operate under conditions below the minimum safety requirements.
To further improve air safety conditions in Europe, The European Commission, in consultation with the competent air safety authorities of the Member States, has decided to impose an operating ban in the territory of the Community on airlines that do not meet the safety standards.
On 10 July 2013, The European Commission updated for the twenty-first time the European list of airlines that are subject to a ban or operating restrictions in the European Union, known as the "EU air safety list". Following the improvement of the security situation in the Philippines, Philippine Airlines is the first airline in this country to be allowed access to the European airspace again. The same applies to the Venezuelan airline Conviasa, which was subject to a ban on 2012. Progress has also been noted in Libya, but Libyan authorities have agreed that Libyan carriers should not be allowed to operate flights to Europe before being fully recertified to the European Union.
Commissioner Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for transport, said:
"The EU Air Safety List was designed for the protection of European space and citizens, but it can also serve as an alarm signal for countries and airlines whose air safety situation makes it desirable. We have confirmed today our desire to remove countries and airlines from the list if they demonstrate a real commitment and ability to sustainably implement international safety standards. In addition to the Philippines, Venezuela and Mauritania, other African countries have also shown good signs of progress in this direction. ”
Taking into account the improved air safety surveillance provided by the competent authorities of the Philippines and the capacity of the air carrier Philippine Airlines to ensure effective compliance with the relevant regulations in the field of aviation safety and following a site safety assessment visit in June last year, it was decided to lift the ban affecting this carrier registered in the Philippines. The ban remains in effect for all other carriers registered in the Philippines.
Conviasa, an aviation company registered in Venezuela, was also removed from the EU list for air safety after successfully resolving serious safety deficiencies that led to this operating ban on EU airspace in April 2012. These improvements were confirmed during consultations with the Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as through recent audits by Spain and Spain. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Venezuela.
Mauritania became in December 2012 the first country to be completely removed from the EU list for air safety, a list that appears on 2010. The improvements that led to this decision were verified on the spot during a safety assessment visit by the Commission in April 2013.
In addition, consultations were also held with civil aviation authorities in Libya. The Committee has made progress in this direction, but Libyan civil aviation authorities have agreed to maintain the voluntary restrictions applicable to all air carriers in Libya. This voluntary restriction excludes Libyan airline companies from flying to the EU until they are fully recertified in accordance with international safety standards. The implementation of these measures will be closely monitored by the Commission and the European Aviation Safety Committee.
The Commission also praised the satisfactory progress made in Sudan and Mozambique. The Commission acknowledged the efforts of the security oversight authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mauritania, Mozambique, the Philippines, Russia and Sudan to reform their civil aviation system and improve safety, in order to finally, to guarantee the effective application of international safety standards. The Commission continues to actively provide support and assistance for these reforms, this being done in cooperation with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)), with EU Member States and EASA.
Additional updates to the EU air safety list have been made following the removal of existing airlines from the list and the addition of new companies that have recently been set up in a number of banned countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia , Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Sudan and the Philippines.
Finally, Annex B to the EU list for air safety (which contains carriers authorized to operate in the EU but subject to strict limitations and conditions) has been modified to reflect the renewal of the Air Madagascar fleet (authorized to use an additional aircraft) and the Air Astana fleet in Kazakhstan (the former Fokker aircraft). which are no longer in use have been removed from the appendix).
The Commission's decision was based on the unanimous opinion of the European Aviation Safety Committee attended by security experts from each of the 28 Member States, as well as from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and EASA.
Updated version of the EU aviation safety list includes all 20-certified airlines for a total of 278 of airlines that have full EU airspace ban: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon ( with the exception of three air carriers with certain restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of five carriers), Kazakhstan (except for one carrier with certain restrictions and conditions), Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mozambique, Philippines (except carrier), Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia. The list also includes two individual airlines: Blue Wing Airlines from Suriname and Meridian Airways from Ghana, for an overall 280 total of airlines.
In addition, the list includes ten airlines that are subject to operating restrictions and are therefore authorized to operate in the EU under strict conditions: Air Astana from Kazakhstan, Afrijet, Gabon Airlines and SN2AG from Gabon, Air Koryo from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Airlift International from Ghana, Comoros Air Service from Comoros, Iran Air from Iran, TAAG Angolan Airlines from Angola and Air Madagascar from Madagascar.