Sudan and Philippines added to aviation safety blacklist

All air carriers from Sudan and the Philippines have been banned from European Union airspace on safety grounds.

Publishing the most recent update to its list of banned carriers, the European Commission said the civil aviation authority in Sudan had shown "persistent non-compliance with international standards in the area of oversight".

The list is based on safety assessments by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

In the Philippines the Commission acknowledges recent efforts to reform the civil aviation system and address safety deficiencies but said it was obliged to follow the precautionary principle in implementing a ban, adding that it was ready to support the Philippine authorities in making improvements.

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: "Safety comes first. We are ready to support countries that need to build up technical and administrative capacity to guarantee the necessary standards in civil aviation. But we cannot accept that airlines fly into the EU if they do not fully comply with international safety standards."

The updated list names three carriers whose operations are fully banned in the European Union – Ariana Afghan Airlines from Afghanistan, Siem reap Airways International from Cambodia and Silverback Cargo Freighters from Rwanda.

All carriers from 17 countries – 278 companies in total – are banned: Angola, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, (with the exception of three carriers which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia, Kazakhstan (with the exception of one carrier which operates under restrictions and conditions), the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia.

Ten air carriers are allowed to operate under restrictions and conditions - Air Koryo from the Democratic People Republic of Korea, TAAG Angola Airlines, Air Astana from Kazakhstan, Iran Air from Iran Gabon Airlines, Afrijet and SN2AG from Gabon, Air Bangladesh, Air Service Comores and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines from Ukraine.

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