The European Union has banned all air carriers licensed in Libya from flying into its territory until at least November 22.
On Tuesday, the European Commission adopted the 19th update of the European list of air carriers which are for safety reasons subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.
Conviasa, an air carrier certified in Venezuela, was added to the EU "air safety list" due to safety concerns arising from accidents and the results of ramp checks at EU airports. Safety performance of two other Venezuelan air carriers, Estellar Latinoamerica and Aerotuy, was also reviewed in depth. They remain subject to increased monitoring.
Following constructive consultations, Libyan authorities decided to adopt strong measures applicable to all air carriers licensed in Libya,
Serious concerns were identified regarding the safety oversight of air carriers licensed in Libya. Hence, intense consultations were held with the Libyan civil aviation authorities and the Libyan Transport Minister. As a result, the European Commission, with the full support of the Air Safety Committee, considered that inclusion of Libyan air carriers in the EU air safety list was not necessary. Nonetheless, implementation of the measures decided by the Libyan authorities remains subject to close monitoring.
The following air carriers were added to the European air safety list: Jet Congo Airways (DR Congo); Punto Azul (Equatorial Guinea); TransNusa Aviation Mandiri, Enggang Air Service, Surya Air, Ersa Eastern Aviation and Matthew Air Nusantara (Indonesia); Mauritania Airlines (Mauritania); Aero Equipment Aviation Inc, AirAsia Philippines, Certeza Infosys Corp., Mid-Sea Express, Southern Air Flight Services, NorthSky Air Inc., and Island Helicopter Services (the Philippines.)
The Commission recognized the efforts of the safety oversight authorities of Albania, Aruba, Indonesia, Libya, Pakistan and Russia to reform their civil aviation system and notably to improve safety to guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied.
The updated European air safety list includes all carriers certified in 21 countries, accounting for 279 known air carriers, whose operations are fully banned in the European Union. They are: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon (with the exception of three carriers which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of six carriers), Kazakhstan (with the exception of one carrier which operates under restrictions and conditions), Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia.
The list also includes four individual carriers: Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam, Meridian Airways from Ghana, Rollins Air from Honduras and Silverback Cargo Freighters from Rwanda.
Additionally, the list includes 11 air carriers which are subject to operational restrictions and allowed to operate into the EU under strict conditions: Air Astana from Kazakhstan, Air Koryo from North Korea, Airlift International from Ghana, Air Service Comores, Afrijet, Gabon Airlines and SN2AG from Gabon, Iran Air, TAAG Angolan Airlines, Air Madagascar and Jordan Aviation.
by RTT Staff Writer
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