List of air carriers banned in the European Union

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The European Union (EU) publishes a list of air carriers that are banned from entering the airspace of any of its member states for failing to meet EU regulatory oversight standards. The first version of the list was published in 2006, on the legal basis of Regulation No. 474/2006 of the European Commission, issued on 22 March of that year. The current version of the list was published on 4 June 2020.[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.

In June 2016, all restrictions on Air Madagascar, Iran Air, Lion Air, Citilink, Batik Air, and all Zambian airlines were removed from the list of air carriers banned in the EU.[2]

On 30 November 2017, Avior Airlines from Venezuela was added to the list because of "unaddressed safety deficiencies." No further details were given at the time.[3]

On 14 June 2018, all remaining Indonesian airlines not already removed from the list were removed from the list of air carriers banned in the EU.[4]

On 3 February 2019, Turkmenistan Airlines was banned from European Union airspace, "pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards",[5] but the ban was lifted on 16 October 2019.[6]

On 8 December 2019, Gabon's airlines were removed from the list, while the Armenian Civil Aviation Committee was "put under heightened scrutiny because of signs of a decrease in safety oversight",[7] and a new update to the list was published on the next day.

As of January 2020, Syria's airlines are not specifically mentioned on the list, but in practice there is a ban against them in the context of the general EU sanctions against Syria.[8]

List of air carriers[edit]

Banned airlines by country[edit]

Country Banned airlines Exceptions Notes
 Afghanistan All
 Angola All TAAG Angola Airlines, Heli Malongo Airways
 Armenia All
 Democratic Republic of the Congo All
 Republic of the Congo All
 Djibouti All
 Equatorial Guinea All CEIBA Intercontinental
 Eritrea All
 Iran Iran Aseman Airlines Iran Air is subject to restrictions under Annex B.
 Iraq Iraqi Airways
 Kyrgyzstan All
 Liberia All
 Libya All
 Moldova All Air Moldova, FlyOne, Aerotranscargo
   Nepal All
 Nigeria Med-View Airline
 São Tomé and Príncipe All
 Sierra Leone All
 Suriname Blue Wing Airlines
 Venezuela Avior Airlines
 Zimbabwe Air Zimbabwe

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
 Comoros Air Service Comores 1 Let L-410 Turbolet registered D6-CAM  Comoros Still mentioned on the list, although the airline ceased operations in 2016.
 Iran Iran Air All except all Fokker 100 and Boeing 747 aircraft currently on its AOC  Iran
 North Korea Air Koryo 2 Tupolev Tu-204 registered P-632, P-633  North Korea

See also[edit]




  1. ^ "The EU Safety List". European Commission for Transport. European Commission. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ "EU allows Iran's state carrier to resume flights in bloc". Reuters. 16 June 2016.
  3. ^ Associated Press (30 November 2007). "Venezuelan airline barred from European Union skies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Aviation Safety: Commission removes all airlines from Indonesia from EU Air Safety List".
  5. ^ Calder, Simon (4 February 2019). "Flights cancelled for thousands of British passengers after EU bans Turkmenistan airline". The Independent. London.
  6. ^ Gurt, Marat; Auyezov, Olzhas; Goodman, David (17 October 2019). "EU lifts ban on Turkmenistan Airlines". Reuters.
  7. ^ "Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List<!lang>" (Press release). 8 December 2019.
  8. ^ "EU Sanctions Map". 10 December 2019. Member States shall take the necessary measures to prevent access to the airports of cargo flights operated by Syrian carriers and flights operated by Syrian Arab Airlines.

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