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Kazakh and Kyrgyz Air Companies Still Banned from EU

Tuesday 11 December 2012

BRUSSELS (EU press service) – The European Commission has adopted last week update of the European list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as “the EU air safety list”. The new list replaces the previous one established in April 2012 and can be consulted on the Commission’s website.

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List of air carriers of which all operations are subject to a ban within the EU (PDF)

The updated European air safety list includes all carriers certified in 20 States, accounting for 287 known air carriers, whose operations are fully banned in the European Union. Kazakhstan (with the exception of one carrier which operates under restrictions and conditions) and Kyrgyzstan are in this list.

Additionally, the list includes 10 air carriers which are subject to operational restrictions and are thus allowed to operate into the EU under strict conditions. Air Astana from Kazakhstan is in this list.

On the other hand, the European Commission recognises the efforts of the safety oversight authorities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to reform the civil aviation system and notably to improve safety to guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied. The Commission declares to be ready to provide active further support for these reforms in cooperation with ICAO, EU Member States and EASA, in order to help some of these countries to get off the list when the safety situation will have further improved.

In 2011 the air transport industry recorded one accident for every 2.7 million flights using Western-built jet aircraft. In the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), there was one accident for every 940,000 flights – three times worse than the global average.

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