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21 Russian airlines in the EU List of unsafe carriers: Hundreds of planes did not have a valid certificate of airworthiness

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The Commission has updated the EU’s list of air carriers that do not meet safety standards, ie those that are subject to an operating ban or operating restrictions in the European Union because they do not comply with international safety standards.

Following this update, 21 airlines certified in Russia are currently included in the EU List of non-compliant air carriers. This situation reflects serious safety concerns caused by Russia’s forced re-registration of foreign-owned aircraft, allowing them to operate unknowingly without valid certificates of airworthiness. This violates international aviation safety standards.

Transport Commissioner Adina Valean said: “The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has allowed Russian airlines to operate hundreds of aircraft owned by foreign owners without a valid airworthiness certificate.

The Russian airlines in question did so knowingly, in violation of relevant international safety standards. This is not only a clear violation of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), but also an immediate threat to security. We live in the context of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine.

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However, I would like to make it very clear that this decision is not another sanction against Russia; it was taken solely for technical and safety reasons. We don’t mix security with politics. “

Following Monday’s update, 117 airlines are banned from EU airspace:

  • 90 airlines certified in 15 states due to inadequate aviation safety oversight by the aeronautical authorities of those states;

  • 21 airlines certified in Russia, as well as 6 individual airlines from other states, based on identified serious safety deficiencies: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways ( Iraq), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

  • Two other airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with certain types of aircraft: Iran Air (Iran) and Air Koryo (North Korea).

The update of the EU’s list of non-compliant air carriers is based on the unanimous opinion of some aviation safety experts in the Member States, who met by video conference on 5 April 2022 under the auspices of the EU Aviation Safety Committee. The Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport supported the update. Decisions in the EU Aviation Safety List are based on international safety standards, in particular those of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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