List of air carriers banned in the European Union

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The list of air carriers banned in the European Union is a list of airlines failing to meet regulatory oversight standards of the EU, and which are banned from entering the airspace of any member state. The first version of the list was published in 2006, on the legal basis of the Regulation No. 474/2006 of the European Commission, issued on 22 March of that year.

The current version of the list was published on 25 June 2015.[1]

Legal procedure[edit]

The process by which an air carrier is listed is laid out in Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and Council. It involves consultation among the regulatory agencies of the member states, the institutions of the European Community, the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the air carrier concerned, and the air carrier itself. Before being listed, each air carrier has the right of appeal. The list is subject to periodic review.

List of air carriers[edit]

Banned airlines by country[edit]

Country Banned airlines Notes
all except TAAG Angola Airlines
TAAG Angola Airlines is subject to restrictions under Annex B
 Republic of the Congo
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Equatorial Guinea
all except Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon
Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon are subject to restrictions under Annex B
all except Airfast Indonesia, Premiair, Garuda Indonesia and Indonesia AirAsia
all except Air Astana
Air Astana is subject to restrictions under Annex B
 North Korea
Air Koryo
Air Koryo is subject to restrictions under Annex B, and is the only airline of North Korea.
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Sierra Leone
Blue Wing Airlines

Annex B[edit]

Annex B of the EU list covers airlines which are restricted to operating only certain aircraft within the EU. Air carriers listed in Annex B could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with. It includes the following airlines, with the airline license having been issued in the respective countries:

Country of operator Restricted airlines Aircraft permitted Country of aircraft registry Notes
 Angola TAAG Angola Airlines All Boeing 737 Next Generation and Boeing 777 aircraft currently on its air operating certificate  Angola
 Comoros Comores Air Services 1 Let L-410 Turbolet registered D6-CAM  Comoros
 Gabon Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon 1 Bombardier Challenger 600 registered TR-AAG
1 HS-125 registered ZS-AFG
 South Africa
 Ghana Airlift International 2 Douglas DC-8s registered 9G-TOP,-RAC  Ghana
 Iran Iran Air 14 Airbus A300s registered EP-IBA,-IBB,-IBC,-IBD,-IBG,-IBH,-IBI,-IBJ,-IBM,-IBN,-IBO,-IBS,-IBT,-IBV
8 Airbus A310s registered EP-IBX,-IBZ,-ICE,-ICF,-IBK,-IBL,-IBP,-IBQ
1 Boeing 737 registered EP-AGA
 Iran Iran Air is allowed to operate to the European Union using the specific aircraft under the conditions set out in recital (69) Regulation (EU) No 590/2010, OJ L 170, 6.7.2010, p. 15.
 Kazakhstan Air Astana All Boeing 757, Boeing 767, and Airbus A320 family aircraft on its air operating certificate registered in Aruba (P4-xxx)  Aruba Air Astana must notify Eurocontrol of any changes to its Boeing or Airbus fleet, and any Air Astana Boeing or Airbus aircraft operating into the EU must bear a valid Aruba registration.
 Madagascar Air Madagascar All ATR 42, ATR 72, and Boeing 737 aircraft on its air operating certificate, plus 3 Twin Otters registered 5R-MGC,-MGD,-MGF  Madagascar
 North Korea Air Koryo 2 Tupolev Tu-204s registered P-632,-633  North Korea

See also[edit]



Regulations establishing the list


  1. ^ "List of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union" (PDF). European Commission for Transport. European Commission. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 

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