List of air carriers banned in the European Union

The European Union (EU) publishes a list of air carriers that are banned from entering the airspace of any of its member states, usually for failing to meet EU regulatory oversight standards. The first version of the list was published in 2006, on the legal basis of Regulation No. 474/2006 of the European Commission, issued on 22 March of that year. The current version of the list was published on 25 November 2021.[1]

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

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

On 14 June 2018, all remaining Indonesian airlines not already removed from the list were removed from the list of air carriers banned in the EU.[4]

On 3 February 2019, Turkmenistan Airlines was banned from European Union airspace, "pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards",[5] but the ban was lifted on 16 October 2019.[6]

On 8 December 2019, Gabon's airlines were removed from the list, while the Armenian Civil Aviation Committee was "put under heightened scrutiny because of signs of a decrease in safety oversight",[7] and a new update to the list was published on the next day.

As of January 2020, Syria's airlines are not specifically mentioned on the list, but in practice there is a ban against them in the context of the general EU sanctions against Syria.[8]

In response to the government of Belarus forcing Ryanair Flight 4978 to divert and land in Minsk to arrest dissident Roman Protasevich, EU leaders announced that they would ban Belarusian carriers from using EU airspace and vice-versa on 24 May 2021.[9]

List of air carriersEdit

Banned airlines by countryEdit

Country Banned airlines Exceptions Notes
  Afghanistan All
  Angola All TAAG Angola Airlines, Heli Malongo Airways
  Armenia All
  Belarus All Ban is in response to the diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 to Minsk.[10]
  Democratic Republic of the Congo All
  Republic of the Congo All
  Djibouti All
  Equatorial Guinea All CEIBA Intercontinental
  Eritrea All
  Iran Iran Aseman Airlines Iran Air is subject to restrictions under Annex B.
  Iraq Iraqi Airways
  Kyrgyzstan All
  Liberia All
  Libya All
    Nepal All
  Nigeria Med-View Airline
  São Tomé and Príncipe All
  Sierra Leone All
  Suriname Blue Wing Airlines
  Venezuela Avior Airlines
  Zimbabwe 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
  Comoros Air Service Comores 1 Let L-410 Turbolet registered D6-CAM   Comoros Still mentioned on the list, although the airline ceased operations in 2016.
  Iran Iran Air All except all Fokker 100 and Boeing 747 aircraft currently on its AOC   Iran
  North Korea Air Koryo 2 Tupolev Tu-204 registered P-632, P-633   North Korea

Former banned airlines by countryEdit

Country Banned airlines Start End Notes
  Indonesia All 2007 2009 (some airlines)
2018 (Full ban lifted)
  Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Airlines February 2019[11] October 2019 (Full ban lifted)[12][13]

See alsoEdit




  1. ^ "The EU Safety List". European Commission for Transport. European Commission. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ "EU allows Iran's state carrier to resume flights in bloc". Reuters. 16 June 2016.
  3. ^ Associated Press (30 November 2007). "Venezuelan airline barred from European Union skies". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 30 November 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Aviation Safety: Commission removes all airlines from Indonesia from EU Air Safety List".
  5. ^ Calder, Simon (4 February 2019). "Flights cancelled for thousands of British passengers after EU bans Turkmenistan airline". The Independent. London.
  6. ^ Gurt, Marat; Auyezov, Olzhas; Goodman, David (17 October 2019). "EU lifts ban on Turkmenistan Airlines". Reuters.
  7. ^ "Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List<!lang>" (Press release). 8 December 2019.
  8. ^ "EU Sanctions Map". 10 December 2019. Member States shall take the necessary measures to prevent access to the airports of cargo flights operated by Syrian carriers and flights operated by Syrian Arab Airlines.
  9. ^ "EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions after plane diversion". AP NEWS. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  10. ^ "EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions after journalist's arrest". Al Jazeera. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Евросоюз закрыл небо для «Туркменских авиалиний»".
  12. ^ "EU lifts ban on Turkmenistan Airlines". Reuters. 17 October 2019.
  13. ^ "«Туркменские авиалинии» возобновили полёты в страны Евросоюза | Общество".

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