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Russian aviation regulators suspend several charter flights to EU countries
16 February 2007

Two state Russian aviation regulators have suspended the charter and non-regular flights of several Russian air
carriers to the European Union. The ruling will affect Aero Rent, Tatarstan, Atlant-Soyuz, Aviacon Zitotrans, Centre Avia, Gazpromavia, LUKoil, Russian Sky and UTair. Inspections conducted by the European Commission in 2004-2006 of these carriers revealed numerous violations of air traffic and safety regulations that have yet to be corrected. The aviation ministry said all the companies had been informed of the results of the inspections, but failed to submit plans to state regulators on correcting the violations. The companies risk being placed on the so-called EU aviation safety blacklist. (RIA Novosti)