EU approves blacklist of unsafe airlines

16th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2005, STRASBOURG - European Union legislators on Wednesday approved a blacklist of airlines considered unsafe, in response to a series of air crashes that left more than 500 dead this summer.

16 November 2005

STRASBOURG - European Union legislators on Wednesday approved a blacklist of airlines considered unsafe, in response to a series of air crashes that left more than 500 dead this summer.

The E.U.-wide blacklist, which is to be up-dated every three months, would be posted on the internet and published on notice boards in all travel agencies, after the bloc's member states have approved it, probably in early December.

The blacklist, which has not been released yet, was likely to come into force in January. Parliament had agreed it with the European Council, German conservative MEP Georg Jarzembowski commented.

Under the new regulations, airline passengers will have to be informed immediately - during check-in at the latest - if they are being transferred to a different carrier than the one originally booked. This rule also applies to connecting flights outside the E.U.

The ticket seller, normally either a travel agency or the airline, is responsible for informing the passengers, the MEP said. The airlines will be liable for any additional costs.

"If the intended substitute carrier is blacklisted the passenger will be entitled either to withdraw from the flight or to be booked onto an alternative flight," he said. This would even apply to additional airlines blacklisted only after a booking was made.

The blacklist would name airlines which were either banned in member countries or had flight restrictions due to security concerns. Compliance with the list would be monitored by the European Joint Aviation Authority based in Cologne, Germany.

National bans on airlines would be extended to cover all of the European Unions, in order to end the current practise in which airlines banned in one E.U. country often moved into neighbouring states.

DPA

Subject: German news

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