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EU bans all airlines from Libya over safety fears
17 December 2014
Afriqiyah Airways is one of the airlines added to the EU list. (photo: H.Ranter/ASN)

Afriqiyah Airways is one of the airlines added to the EU list. (photo: H.Ranter/ASN)

The European Commission has updated the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union (EU air safety list). All airlines from Libya have now been added to the list.

Due to the unclear status of the capabilities of the Libyan authorities (LYCAA) to adequately oversee Libyan air carriers and to control imminent safety risks, it was assessed that LYCAA cannot fulfill its international obligations in relation to aviation safety.

No decisions were taken to remove countries whose carriers are on the EU Air Safety List.

The EU also did not put any restrictions on Indian airlines. India’s compliance status had been downgraded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from category 1 to category 2, as a result of deficiencies identified during an International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) audit. EASA met with representatives of the Indian DGAC and concluded that no actions were deemed necessary at this point in time.

The updated EU air safety list now includes all airlines certified in 21 states and two individual airlines. An overall total of 310 airlines. Additionally, the list includes 10 airlines which are subject to operational restrictions.

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