The European Commission updated its list of air carriers banned from EU operations last week for the 16th time, the Aviation Safety Network reports. The blacklist now includes all carriers from Afghanistan and Mauritania.
- All air carriers certified in Afghanistan: Banned "due to the safety deficiencies identified in its system to oversee civil aviation and on several carriers." (This extends a prior ban on Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air.)
- Gabon's Afric Aviation and Kyrgyzstan's CAAS: New carriers; Added to the list along with the rest of these two countries' airlines, "due to the insufficient ability of the competent authorities of those states to discharge their safety oversight responsibilities."
Operating Restrictions Lifted -- Or Partially Lifted
- Nine Kazakh operators: Removed from the EU blacklist, as their air operator certificates were revoked and they no longer exist as commercial air transport entities.
- Ghana's Airlift International: Existing operating restrictions "were partly lifted following progress achieved and the carrier was allowed to resume operations in the EU, under strict conditions, with an additional aircraft and subject to continuous monitoring of Member States through ramp inspections."
You can see the full list on the EU's website here.