EU aviation safety list updated

All airlines certified in Armenia were banned from flying to Europe

The Commission updated on Tuesday the EU Air Safety List, which compiles the airlines that are subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards, the EU press service reported. The list is aimed at ensuring the highest level of air safety for all passengers travelling in the EU.

With the update, all airlines certified in Armenia have been added to the list, after further assessment of the country's safety oversight capabilities. In addition, the list of air carriers certified in Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nepal, and Sierra Leone has been reviewed and amended, with new carriers from these countries added, and carriers which do not exist any longer removed.

“The EU Air Safety List should be used as an instrument that helps airlines and countries listed re-assess and improve their flying standards. The decision to include the Armenian carriers on the EU Air Safety List has been made based on the unanimous opinion delivered by the Air Safety Committee. The Commission, with the assistance of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, stands ready to cooperate and invest in Armenia to improve its aviation safety,” Transport Commissioner Adina Valean said.

Following the update, a total of 96 airlines are banned from EU skies. They include 90 airlines certified in 16 states, due to inadequate safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states; and 6 individual airlines, based on serious safety deficiencies identified: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). An additional three airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and Air Koryo (North Korea).

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