A total of 308 airlines are fully banned from operating in Europe and passengers can use it to check airline safety when traveling in other parts of the world
The European Commission has updated the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the EU (EU air safety list). All airlines from Libya have now been added to the list and are banned from operating in European airspace. No countries have been removed from the list.
The updated list includes all airlines certified in 21 states, for a total of 308 airlines fully banned from EU skies: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of three airlines that operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of five airlines), Kazakhstan (with the exception of one airline that operates under restrictions and conditions), Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines (with the exception of two airlines), Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sudan and Zambia. The list also includes two individual airlines: Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname) and Meridian Airways (Ghana), for an overall total of 310 airlines.
Additionally, the list includes 10 airlines that are subject to operational restrictions. These airlines can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Air Astana (Kazakhstan), Afrijet, Gabon Airlines and SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Airlift International (Ghana), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran), TAAG Angolan Airlines (Angola) and Air Madagascar (Madagascar).
The EU air safety list comprises airlines that are either considered not to be able to respect international aviation safety standards, or whose civil aviation authorities are deemed unable to provide the necessary safety oversight as foreseen by international aviation safety rules. The airlines mentioned on the list are not allowed to operate to the EU, except for some of them, which can do so only under strict conditions. The list also serves as a tool to warn the travelling public when travelling in other parts of the world.
The EU Air Safety Committee consists of aviation safety experts from the Commission, from each of the member states, as well as from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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