European civil aviation decision is “incoherent” says Mozambican minister

15 July 2013

The European Union’s decision to maintain the ban on Mozambican airline flights in community space is “incoherent”, Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Paulo Zucula said on Friday.

In its latest aviation safety update, the EU decided to keep Mozambique for the third consecutive year on the so-called blacklist of airlines not allowed to operate in Europe, considering that the country does not meet the safety requirements for operation in European airspace. It also advised EU citizens not to travel on Mozambican airlines.

The minister said the decision was “incoherent” because it did not forbid member countries’ airlines from flying to Mozambique, given that it also considers Mozambique’s airspace to be unsafe.

“By prohibiting its citizens from flying on aircraft certified by us, the European Union should also ban its aircraft from flying in our space, because it’s not just the aircraft that are unsafe – our space is run by the country’s traffic controllers, who are also banned by the EU,” Zucula said.

“For them to be coherent in their decision, EU aircraft should not fly in Mozambican airspace,” he added, cited by Portugal’s Lusa news agency. (macauhub)

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