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Who is on the blacklist of dangerous airlines

(B2) The European Commission modified, slightly, on November 30, its blacklist of airlines banned from flying.

What are the changes?

A company, Avior Airlines, certified in Venezuela, has been added to the list “ because it failed to remedy safety deficiencies which the European Aviation Safety Agency had identified during the assessment of its application for a third-country operator authorization ».

On the contrary, Mustique Airways and Aviation Company Urga, certified in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukraine respectively, have “ made progress on safety since being added to the list of companies banned in the EU in May 2017. This progress now allows them to be removed from the list ».

How many companies are on the blacklist?

A total of 178 airlines are now subject to an operating ban in the European Union: 172 airlines certified in 16 countries, due to a lack of safety oversight by EU authorities. aviation of these countries; six airlines, due to safety concerns about the airlines themselves: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria ) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

Six other companies are subject to operating restrictions and can only operate flights to the EU if they use specific types of aircraft: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (People's Republic Democratic Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

How is this opinion established?

The updated list is based on the unanimous opinion of Member States' air safety experts, who met from 13 to 15 November in the EU Air Safety Committee. A committee chaired by the European Commission, assisted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

What is the purpose of this list?

The list of airlines banned in the EU has not “not just to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, it also helps airlines and affected countries to improve their levels of safety with the ultimate goal of de-listing ” they say to the Commission.

How do I know if a company is 'blacklisted'?

To know if a company, on which you are going to fly, is on the blacklist, consult the Commission's database


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).