Belgium's blacklist of 'dangerous' airlines
29 August 2005, BRUSSELS - Belgium has become the second country to publish an internet blacklist of banned airlines.
29 August 2005
BRUSSELS - Belgium has become the second country to publish an internet blacklist of banned airlines.
During the early hours of Monday, France became the first country to publish a list of companies which it has refused permission to land or take off in its territory.
The move comes after a string of plane accidents during August.
On midday on Monday, Belgium joined France with its own list of rejections: a total of nine companies, which the Belgian Department of Transport said were all involved in air freight. None of them carry passengers.
The companies are Africa Lines, Air Memphis, Air Van Airlines, Central Air Express, ICTTPW, International Air Tours Limited, Johnsons Air Limited, Silverback Cargo Freighters and South Airlines.
The department said the airlines had been refused permission after inspections on Belgian territory and stressed that companies which are not on the list are not necessarily safe – after all, Belgium has no jurisdiction to vet companies outside its borders.
Other countries such as Switzerland and the US are to follow and several European countries are supporting the idea of a common European list. To consult Belgium's list, see www.mobilit.fgov.be
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news