All Mozambique airlines banned from entering EU

10:58, April 20, 2011      

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All Mozambique airlines were banned from entering the European Union (EU) as the European Commission updated its blacklist of unsafe air carriers on Tuesday.

In addition to all air carriers certified in Mozambique, the commission also imposed restrictions on the two aircraft of type Boeing 767 operated by Air Madagascar given the persisting deficiencies in their operation and oversight.

Given that new airlines were established in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they have been added to the list as all carriers from the country are subject to operating restrictions due to insufficient capacity in the competent authorities to discharge their safety oversight responsibilities at that stage.

"The commission is ready to work together with the authorities of those countries which have safety problems to overcome them as quickly and as efficiently as possible," commission vice president Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said.

"In the meantime, safety comes first. We cannot afford any compromise in this area," he added.

Some airlines, including four all-cargo air carriers from Indonesia and one air carrier from Ukraine, have been removed from the list as safety concerns have been satisfactorily addressed.

The updated European list included all carriers certified in 21 states, accounting for 269 known air carriers, whose operations were fully banned in the EU.

It also included three individual carriers, namely Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam, Meridian Airways from Ghana, and Silverback Cargo Freighters from Rwanda.

Additionally, the list included ten air carriers which are allowed to operate into the EU under strict restrictions and subject to conditions.

EU regularly reviews its blacklist of air carriers which are deemed unsafe and so banned from entering the EU.

Source: Xinhua
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