Kazakhstan ministry grounds six airlines

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Kazakhstan’s government has revoked operating certificates for six airlines as part of reformation efforts being undertaken in co-operation with ICAO.

The transport ministry says it has withdrawn approvals from DETA Air, Euro-Asia Air International, Samal Air, Asia Continental Airlines, KazAir Best, and the air company Mega.

It states that the measures were taken owing to “non-conformity” with airline certification requirements. The ministry has also ruled that it will not renew the air operator’s certificate of Semeyavia.

Kazakhstan is subject to a blanket operational blacklisting by the European Commission and its government has been inspecting and recertificating the country’s air operators, in a joint exercise with ICAO, as part of a programme to lift the restriction.

Recertification has covered 54 airlines and three maintenance organisation, while inspections have been performed on 163 aircraft.