imposed operating restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have
been lifted under the latest revision of the European Commission’s list of airlines
banned from operating in the European Union.
revision also sees the ban lifted on Surinam carrier Blue Wing Airlines.
the EC notes progress undertaken at currently banned operators TAAG Angola
Airlines, Iranian carrier Mahan Air and Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines, it
says it would be “premature” to withdraw these carriers from the list.
transport commissioner Jacques Barrot says: “This latest revision shows that
when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety
standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly. It also shows that the
list increasingly serves as a pre-emptive rather than punitive tool for
safeguarding aviation safety.
are now numerous instances where the Community has successfully addressed
potential safety threats with third countries and airlines in advance and
before it is forced to take the drastic measure of imposing restrictions."
Wing Airlines was named on the EU blacklist in June 2006 while PIA was
partially banned in March this year when the EC restricted it only using its
Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 fleet to serve European destinations. The carrier
was subsequently cleared to operate three of its Boeing 747-300s, two 747-200s
and six of the carrier’s Airbus A310-300s when the list was revised in June.
Wing Airlines and PIA have successfully completed the implementation of a
corrective action plan following their inclusion in the list,” the EC says
today. “Their oversight authorities have produced evidence that they verified
the measures taken by the airlines and that these measures provide for
long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the
EC says the latest revision highlights the “continuous dialogue” with certain
states over the safety of their air carriers. “In this respect, following
evidence of improvements in safety standards, the EC will monitor closely and
verify various Russian air carriers on which the Russian authorities have imposed
Russia in June banned
a number of Russian carriers from operating to the EU – and imposed operating
restrictions on some others - following discussions with the EC on the safety
of these carriers. It followed similar restrictions Russia placed on nine carriers
earlier this year.
this update acknowledges the efforts made by the civil aviation authorities of Indonesia, Iran,
Ukraine and Angola
to enhance the exercise of their oversight
responsibilities with a view to improving safety and cooperate closely to that
end with the EC.”
points to “clear progress” at TAAG, Mahan Air and Ukrainian Mediterranean
Airlines – the former banned in June, the latter two since September - in
addressing the root causes of their safety deficiencies. “However, given that
in these cases there are still significant safety deficiencies which have yet
to be addressed, the EC considered with the unanimous support of the Air Safety
Committee that a decision to withdraw these airlines from the Community list
would, at this stage, be premature,” it says.
the revision of the list all operators from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, the
Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic
of Congo (with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways), are fully banned from
operations in the EU, along with eight individual carriers. A further three airlines,
including Hewa Bora, are subject to restrictions on operating specific aircraft.