EU updates blacklist of banned airlines

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The European Commission on Tuesday updated the list of airlines banned from European Union (EU) airspace to include one carrier from Surinam and to expand the operating restrictions on Iran Air.

With this 14th update, the carrier Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam was included in the list of banned airlines following measures taken by an EU member state as a consequence of a series of accidents suffered by this airline and serious deficiencies revealed during ramp inspections of its aircraft.

Based on the results of the visit to Iran, the EU's Air Safety Committee unanimously supported the expansion of the operating restrictions imposed on Iran Air to exclude from operations into the EU its fleet of Airbus A-320 and of Boeing B-727 and B-747.

The commission said it would continue to closely monitor the performance of the airline through the results of ramp checks of its aircraft which can operate in the EU.

In addition, two carriers from Indonesia have been removed from the list of banned airlines.

"We cannot afford to compromise on air safety. Where we have evidence that air carriers are not performing safe operations or where regulators fail in their obligation to enforce safety standards, we must act to guarantee safe skies for our citizens when they travel," commission vice president Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said.

In the new list, all carriers from 17 countries, with 278 companies in total, are banned and there are nine air carriers allowed to operate under restrictions and conditions.

Source: Xinhua

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