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BRUSSELS, April 11: The European Commission, Monday, imposed an operating ban on 21 Russian airlines because of “serious safety concerns”. The Commission today published an updated EU Air Safety List, which is the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, because they do not meet international safety standards. EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean said, “The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has allowed Russian airlines to operate hundreds of foreign-owned aircraft without a valid Certificate of Airworthiness.”
“The Russian airlines concerned have knowingly done so in breach of relevant international safety standards,” she said. Following the update, 117 airlines are banned from EU skies including 90 airlines certified in 15 different States due to inadequate safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these States. Six individual airlines from other States, based on serious safety deficiencies identified: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). Two additional airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Iran Air (Iran) and Air Koryo (North Korea), it noted.(KUNA) –