Airlines from Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe remain banned from flying to the European Union (EU), the European Commission said in Brussels Thursday.
Airlines from Angola also remain on the European “black list” with the exception of flagship airline TAAG which is, however, limited to the types of aircraft it can use to fly to the EU.
The updated EU list on air safety includes 295 companies from 21 countries that are prohibited from flying in EU air space.
The countries included on the “black list are Afghanistan, Angola (with TAAG operating under strict conditions), Benin, Kazakhstan (with the exception of one airline operating under certain conditions), the Republic of Congo, Eritrea, the Philippines (except for one airline), Gabon (with the exception of three airlines operating under restrictions and certain conditions), Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia (with the exception of five airlines), Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, the Sudan and Zambia.
STP Airways (from Sao Tome and Principe) is prevented from flying in EU air space, but flies to Lisbon, Portugal once a week using aircraft leased from Cape Verdean airline Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV).
The European Commission´s decision was made following a meeting of the EU Air Safety Committee in Brussels from 19 to 21 November 2013. (macauhub)