EU Airline Advice

The European Commission noted in a press release earlier this month that four individual airlines have been added to the EU Air Safety List due to non-compliance with safety regulations.

Airlines on the Air Safety List are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the EU. 

The airlines added to the list are:

  • Med-View – Nigeria
  • Mustique Airways – St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Aviation Company Urga – Ukraine
  • Air Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe

You can find the full list here.

 

What to do

Obviously, flying on an airline that doesn’t comply with international safety regulations is a bad idea – even if you’re flying in the airline’s local region and not to the EU.

If you have already booked a flight on an airline that has been added to the list which you booked through at travel agent or tour operator, they should be able to provide a suitable alternative that complies with international safety standards.

If you had booked directly with the airline, you will need to speak to the airline about any changes or refunds.

 

Airlines Removed From The List

All airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique have now been removed from the list, and are considered safe by the European Commission. The Commission highlights, however, that it is impossible to inspect every aircraft and safety cannot be guaranteed simply because an airline is not on the list.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) noted on 23 May that Air Madagascar had been removed from the list of airlines banned from operating within the European Union; “However, staff at the British Embassy in Madagascar are advised to use an alternative to Air Madagascar if a safer mode of transport is available.”

 

Safety Criteria

Please note that the criteria applied by the European Commission in creating the Air Safety List relate to technical/operational safety aspects and do not necessarily have anything to do with the threat of terrorism taking place on the airline or acts of terrorism in the countries in which the airlines are based.

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