Fabian Demicoli

Commission updates the list of airlines banned from European airspace

 The European Commission has adopted the eleventh update of the Community's list of airlines banned in the European Union which comprises those of two additional countries and lifts the ban imposed upon five airlines following satisfactory improvements in safety.

This list has greatly contributed to making Europe's skies safer. The new list replaces the previous one and can already be consulted on the Commission's website. The list acts a strong incentive to remedy safety deficiencies – withdrawal from the list is indeed possible, when the parties concerned put effectively in place sound corrective action to comply with all relevant safety standards.

The safety audits of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) constitute a pillar and one of the common criteria which are used to impose an operating ban. Enhancing the cooperation in this area with ICAO is therefore essential. This was the key subject at a meeting held on 9 July between Commission Vice President Tajani and the President of ICAO's Council, Mr. Kobeh. A report later this year on the functioning of the rules will also contain proposals to strengthen the international dimension.

Read more here: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm

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