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EU bans 269 air carriers

The European Commission has banned 269 airlines from operating in the EU on safety grounds.

This is the 17th update to the list of airlines banned in the European Union.

Examples of banned carriers include all air carriers certified in Mozambique.  Also banned are two specific aircraft, type Boeing 767 operated by Air Madagascar, because of significant safety deficiencies.

Some airlines have been removed from the list as safety has been improved. These include four Indonesian all cargo air carriers – Cardig Air, Republic Express, Asia Link and Air Maleo, and also Ukrainian airline UMAir.

All decisions were taken with the unanimous support of the Air Safety Committee, which consists of experts from the member states.

Commission vice-president Siim Kallas, said: “We cannot afford any compromise in this area. Where we have evidence inside or outside the European Union that air carriers are not performing safe operations we must act to exclude any risks to safety.”

The full list can be viewed on the commission’s website.