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List of air carriers banned in the European Union

  All airlines banned.
  Some airlines banned.
  Some airlines banned and others under Annex B restrictions.
  Some airlines under Annex B restrictions.

The list of air carriers banned in the European Union is a list of airlines failing to meet regulatory oversight standards of the EU, and which are banned from entering the airspace of any member state. The first version of the list was published in 2006, on the legal basis of the Regulation No. 474/2006 of the European Commission, issued on 22 March of that year. The current version of the list was published on 30 November 2017.[1]


Legal procedureEdit

The process by which an air carrier is listed is laid out in Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and Council. It involves consultation among the regulatory agencies of the member states, the institutions of the European Community, the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the air carrier concerned, and the air carrier itself. Before being listed, each air carrier has the right of appeal. The list is subject to periodic review.

In June 2016, all restrictions on Air Madagascar, Iran Air, Lion Air, Citilink, Batik Air, and all Zambian airlines were removed from the list of air carriers banned in the EU.[2]

On November 30, 2017, Avior Airlines from Venezuela was added to the list because of "unaddressed safety deficiencies." No further details were given at the time.[3]

List of air carriersEdit

Banned airlines by countryEdit

Country Banned airlines Notes
All except TAAG Angola Airlines
TAAG Angola Airlines is subject to restrictions
under Annex B.
  Republic of the Congo
  Democratic Republic of the Congo
  Equatorial Guinea
All except Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon
and Afrijet Business Service
Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon and Afrijet Business
Service are subject to restrictions under Annex B.
All except Airfast Indonesia, Premiair, Garuda Indonesia,
Citilink, Batik Air, Lion Air and Indonesia AirAsia
Iran Aseman Airlines
Iran Air is subject to restrictions under Annex B.
Iraqi Airways
Med-View Airline
  São Tomé and Príncipe
  Sierra Leone
Blue Wing Airlines
Avior Airlines
Air Zimbabwe

Annex BEdit

Annex B of the EU list covers airlines which are restricted to operating only certain aircraft within the EU. Air carriers listed in Annex B could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with. It includes the following airlines, with the airline license having been issued in the respective countries:

Country of operator Restricted airlines Aircraft permitted Country of aircraft registry Notes
  Angola TAAG Angola Airlines All Boeing 777 and Boeing 737-700 aircraft currently on its AOC   Angola
  Comoros Comores Air Services 1 Let L-410 Turbolet registered D6-CAM   Comoros Still mentioned on the list, although the airline ceased operations in 2016.
  Gabon Afrijet Business Service 2 Dassault Falcon 50 registered TR-LGV, -LGY
2 Dassault Falcon 900 registered TR-AFJ, -AFR
  Gabon Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon 1 Bombardier Challenger 600 registered TR-AAG
1 HS-125 registered ZS-AFG
  South Africa
  Iran Iran Air All except all Fokker 100 and Boeing B747 aircraft currently on its AOC   Iran
  North Korea Air Koryo 2 Tupolev Tu-204s registered P-632, P-633   North Korea

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