The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, removing all air carriers from Kazakhstan and adding Iran Aseman Airlines.
The EU Air Safety List is a list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.
All airlines certified in Kazakhstan are now cleared from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in that country. On the other hand, Iran Aseman Airlines was added to the list due to unaddressed deficiencies.
Following the update, a total of 193 airlines are banned from EU skies:
- 190 airlines certified in 18 states, due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
- Three individual airlines, based on safety concerns: Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname)
An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).