EU Adds Airlines From Congo, Ukraine To Safety Blacklist

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union on Friday added Ukraine Cargo Airways and Congo's Hewa Bora Airways to its blacklist of airlines banned from flying in the EU.

An Ilyushin Il-76TD belonging to Ukraine Cargo Airways

More than 150 airlines are on the list, including all those from Congo, Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.

The updated list means three Ukrainian carriers are now banned.

"This is a strong signal the commission is sending to the authorities of Ukraine inviting them to strengthen enforcement of the safety standards," said European Commission spokesman Michele Cercone.

He added that the EU was monitoring efforts of Iran's Mahan air, TAAG Angolan Airways and Garuda of Indonesia to improve safety, but said more was needed before they could be taken off the list.

The EU-wide list was created in 2006 as part of a broader effort to improve passenger safety.

Airlines can be removed from the list if they meet international safety standards and pass inspection by European experts.

Source: Kyiv Post