France submits four airlines for new EU blacklist

17th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 16, 2006 (AFP) - France has submitted the names of four airlines for inclusion on a new European Union safety blacklist, the French transport ministry said Thursday.

PARIS, Feb 16, 2006 (AFP) - France has submitted the names of four airlines for inclusion on a new European Union safety blacklist, the French transport ministry said Thursday.

The companies are Phuket Airlines of Thailand, Liberia's International Air Services, Air Koryo of North Korea — which are all banned in France — as well as Air Comores, the ministry said in a statement.

France suspended flights by the Comoran carrier in November after it failed to respond to a number of security concerns, it said.

The list is due to be published in the spring, once an expert committee has examined the names put forward by the bloc's 25 member states.

Companies named would be banned from operating anywhere in the EU until they can prove that they meet the bloc's safety norms.

The EU-wide list was agreed upon in December to bolster air security following a string of deadly crashes last year involving Europeans in Canada, Venezuela and Greece.

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Subject: French news

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