EU bans 92 'unsafe' airlines, publishes blacklist

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22 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The European Union issued on Wednesday a blacklist banning 92 airlines from operating across the region.

22 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The European Union issued on Wednesday a blacklist banning 92 airlines from operating across the region.

Most of the airlines are based in Africa or Asia and fail to meet international safety standards, the EU said.

The list of banned airlines is available on the European Commission's website and will be updated at least every three months.

It includes 50 carriers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 14 from Sierra Leone and seven airlines from Swaziland.

The list was compiled on recommendations from the 25 EU member states after a series of crashes last summer left 500 people dead.

In future, companies banned in one member state will be banned across the entire EU. Airlines can apply to be taken off the list, BBC reported.

"The European Union now has a coherent approach to banning airlines," the vice-president of the commission for transport, Jacques Barrot, said.

"This blacklist will keep dubious airlines out of Europe. It will also make sure that all airlines operating in Europe’s sky meet the highest safety standards."

Besides the punitive effect, the EU said its blacklist will encourage all airlines operating in Europe to comply fully with safety standards and dissuade unscrupulous airlines from starting up services in Europe.

"It will avoid discrepancies between national flight bans and restrictions. Through its wide publication the list will have an impact worldwide," a commission statement said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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