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 30 November 2017.[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]

List of air carriers[edit]

Banned airlines by country[edit]

Country Banned airlines Exception Notes
 Afghanistan All
 Angola All TAAG Angola Airlines
Heli Malongo Airways
TAAG Angola Airlines is subject to restrictions under Annex B.
 Republic of the Congo All
 Democratic Republic of the Congo All
 Djibouti All
 Equatorial Guinea All
 Eritrea All
 Gabon All Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon
Afrijet Business Service
Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon and Afrijet Business are subject to restrictions under Annex B.
 Iran Iran Aseman Airlines Iran Air is subject to restrictions under Annex B.
 Kyrgyzstan All
 Libya All
 Moldova All Air Moldova, FlyOne, Aerotranscargo
   Nepal All
 Nigeria Med-View Airline
 São Tomé and Príncipe All
 Sierra Leone All
 Sudan All
 Syria All
 Suriname Blue Wing Airlines
 Turkmenistan All
 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
 Angola TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 777
Boeing 737-700
 Angola Currently entire fleet of TAAG
 Comoros Comores Air Services 1 Let L-410 Turbolet registered D6-CAM  Comoros Still mentioned on the list, although the airline ceased operations in 2016.
 Gabon Afrijet Business Service 2 Dassault Falcon 50 registered TR-LGV, -LGY
2 Dassault Falcon 900 registered TR-AFJ, -AFR
 Gabon Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon 1 Bombardier Challenger 600 registered TR-AAG
1 HS-125 registered ZS-AFG
 South Africa
 Iran Iran Air All except all Fokker 100 and Boeing B747 aircraft currently on its AOC  Iran
 Iraq Iraqi Airways All Airbus A320-200s.  Iraq Operated by AirExplore
 North Korea Air Koryo 2 Tupolev Tu-204 registered P-632, P-633  North Korea

See also[edit]




  1. ^ "List of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union" (PDF). European Commission for Transport. European Commission. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  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".

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