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AFRAA responds to EU list of airlines banned from European airspace

8-Apr-2010 9:42 AM

African Airlines Association (AFRAA) expressed (06-Apr-2010) concern about the European Union’s latest list of airlines banned from European airspace due to safety concerns. Thirteen of the 17 countries affected by the EU ban are from Africa, with a total of 111 African airlines “blacklisted.” According to AFRAA, the EU list has the effect of damaging the reputation and business of many scheduled African airlines whose safety records and adherence to ICAO safety standards are "comparable to the best airlines anywhere in the world". [more]

African Airlines Association: “Air safety is AFRAA’s number one priority and we are the first to admit that Africa needs to improve its air safety record. However, while the EU list may be well-intended its main achievement has been to undermine international confidence in the African airline industry. The ultimate beneficiaries of the ban are European airlines which dominate the African skies to the disadvantage of African carriers. If any list is to be published, it should be done so by the ICAO, the global regulator of aviation safety, which has a known track record of impartiality,” Nick Fadugba, Secretary General. Source: AFRAA, 06-Apr-2010.