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Kazakhstan maintains effort to lift blacklist ban

Kazakhstan’s government has introduced dozens of amended regulations aimed at improving the Central Asian state’s air safety oversight.

Transport minister Askar Zhumagaliyev discussed progress in the area with ICAO’s European regional director Luis Fonseca de Almeida during a meeting in early September.

Kazakhstan has brought in 80 amendments to civil aviation regulations, says the ministry, of which 70 relate to safety, in an effort to harmonise with international standards.

On 3 September a new aviation security training centre opened in Almaty, which the ministry says will complement other centres in Moscow and Kiev.

Kazakhstan remains subject to a blacklisting by the European Commission, which the government is keen to have lifted. Safety revision efforts have included recertification of the country’s operators.

Air Astana is exempt from the blanket European ban. The Commission, in its most recent blacklist revision, confirmed that ramp checks had revealed “no specific concern” with the carrier’s operations.

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