EU bans Ukrainian, Iranian airline

The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday added a Ukrainian and an Iranian airline to its blacklist of carriers deemed unsafe.

EU bans Ukrainian, Iranian airline
The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday added a Ukrainian and an Iranian airline to its blacklist of carriers deemed unsafe.

In a statement, the European Union executive said Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines and Mahan Air of Iran were banned from operating in European airspace.

"On the basis of notifications from several Member States, the Commission questioned the two carriers (Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines and Mahan Air) and the respective national civil aviation authorities responsible for their supervision.

"It also consulted the committee of Member State air safety experts, whose task it is to assist the Commission in such matters and who unanimously approved the bans," the statement said.

The EU's blacklist includes dozens of carriers, mostly from poor developing countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia or Kyrgyzstan.

Europe's civil aviation authorities carry out only random inspections into aircraft operating in the 27-member bloc. Therefore, the fact that an airline is not included in the EU blacklist does not automatically mean that it meets the applicable safety standards, officials noted.

DPA
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2007, 19:06
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