The European Commission has added airlines from four countries to the list of carriers banned from flying into the European Union, and partially lifted a ban on TAAG Angola Airlines.
Jordan Aviation has been restricted from operating three of itsinto the EU due to “numerous and repeated safety deficiencies.” The EC said it will support Jordan and the carrier to improve safety “in a sustainable manner.”
The commission also banned Honduran carrier Rollins Air’s entire fleet following various safety issues “that were first raised by France.” Congo’s Stellar Airways also has been added to the blacklist for failing to provide evidence that it complies with international standards, along with Aeromajestic and Interisland Airline, both of which are based in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, a ban on TAAG Angola Airlines has been partially lifted due to “further improvements in safety performance.” The airline will be restricted to operating two-300s, making TAAG the only Angolan airline permitted to operate into the EU.
The commission says it will not impose its own restrictions on Russia’s Yakutia, Tatarstan Airlines and VIM-Avia, all of which already have been sanctioned by the Russian aviation authority. In addition, the EC says it was “very concerned with the performance of Albanian carriers,” but has chosen not to impose any restrictions after the local authority revoked the air operator’s license of Albanian Airlines and one aircraft was withdrawn from Belle Air’s fleet.
The EC’s blacklist now includes 273 airlines from 21 countries.