Safety regulators have extended to Kyrgyzstan
an outright ban from operating within Europe,
the sixth country to come under a blanket prohibition since the European
Commission’s (EC) creation of its airline ‘blacklist’ earlier this year.
All carriers under the regulatory
oversight of Kyrgyzstan
will be forbidden from performing European services.
The EC, in its second quarterly
update to its blacklist, lists 27 operators in the republic – including
flag-carrier Kyrgyzstan Airlines and Altyn
Air – as being among those to which the restriction applies.
Kyrgyz-registered aircraft had
already come under EC scrutiny; the previous blacklist update in June included
the carrier Sky Gate International, an operator linked to Jordan
but which had a number of aircraft bearing Kyrgyz registrations.
Kyrgyzstan becomes the first state outside
Africa to be hit with the blanket ban, which so far has covered five other
and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
From these states only a single
Lockheed L-1011 aircraft, operated by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Hewa Bora Airways, has been cleared to carry out services
Eight other individual airlines are
banned from Europe: Air Koryo
of North Korea, Ariana
Afghan Airlines, Rwanda’s Silverback Cargo Freighters, plus five Central Asian,
Latin American and African operators identified as Blue Wing Airlines, DAS Air Cargo, Dairo
Air Services, GST Aero, and BGB Air.
Alongside Hewa Bora
Airways, three other airlines – Air Bangladesh,
Air West, and Air Service Comores
– are subject to individual airframe restrictions.