European Commission (EC) announced (05-Dec-2013) the 22nd update for the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the EU. The new list replaces and updates the previous one, adopted in July 2013, and can be consulted on the Commission’s website.
- Nepal: On the basis of safety information from various sources and a hearing both with the Nepalese aviation authorities as well as with a number of Nepalese carriers, the EC decided to put all airlines from Nepal on the EU air safety list. As a consequence of the ban on Nepalese carriers, they are prevented from flying into or within the EU. Also, European operators and travel agents will need to inform European travellers, who will have a right to reimbursement if they had booked a seat on a Nepalese carrier as part of a journey to Nepal, and decide not to use it.
- Libya: Consultations were also held with the civil aviation authorities of Libya. The EU Air Safety Committee noted that progress continues to be made, but agreed with the Libyan civil aviation authorities that it remains necessary to maintain the voluntary restrictions not to fly to the EU, which are applied since the Libyan revolution to all airlines licensed in Libya. The implementation of these restrictions will remain under close monitoring by the EC and the EU Air Safety Committee.
- Other countries: Further technical updates to the EU air safety list were made, due to the removal of some airlines that ceased to exist and the addition of new ones recently created in a number of banned countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Mozambique. [more - original PR]