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EU clears Benin, Mozambique from Air Safety List and adds four airlines
17 May 2017

All air carriers from Benin and Mozambique are removed from the EU Air Safety List, while four individual airlines were added.

The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and removed all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in these countries.
On the other hand, the airlines Med-View (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) were added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation.

Med-View operated a regular service between Lagos and London-Gatwick using a Nigerian registered Boeing 767-300 until November 13, 2016. Effective November 2 the airline began using a Boeing 747-400 operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic.  Air Urga operated on occasional charter flights from Ukraine to EU states. Mustique Airways operated occasional flights to Martinique (France).

Despite the fact that Med-View Airlines was added to the ‘black list’, the airline is on IATA’s IOSA registry. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an international evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.

Following the update, a total of 181 airlines are banned from EU skies:
174 airlines certified in 16 states, due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
Seven individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).
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).

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