Statement by Helen Kearns on new list of airlines banned from EU airspace
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 10 July 2013, Helen Kearns, Spokesperson of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, made a statement on the update by the European Commission of the European air safety list – the list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.
Following improvements in the safety situation in the Philippines, Philippine Airlines is the first airline from this country allowed back into European skies since 2010. The same is true for the Venezuelan airline Conviasa, which was banned in 2012. Progress was also noted in Libya but the Libyan authorities agreed that Libyan airlines would not be allowed to operate in Europe until they are fully recertified to the satisfaction of the European Union.
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||SOUNDBITE by Helen Kearns, Spokesperson of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Commission has updated once again the safety list, which is the list of airlines banned from flying within the European Union; there are very positive news; there is in particular for the Philippines a very significant step forward; Philippine Airlines will for the first time be allowed to fly back into the EU; it is taken off the list of banned carriers thanks to very important work done by the oversight authorities in the Philippines and also by the airlines themselves; there are similar good news in Venezuela where Conviasa, another important carrier, is making progress again so they will also be allowed to fly again into the EU; in Africa there are some positive signs; in Libya there is a need for progress but safety issues are being addressed; in Mauritania, a very good inspection has been carried out and has shown positive signals confirming the Commission's decision to take Mauritania off the safety list; in countries like Sudan there is progress; so overall from the EU's perspective countries are reaping the benefits of using the safety list when it highlights concerns and being able to address those concerns to have a positive safety record; that is to the benefit of these countries and that is hugely important for business and tourism and also to the benefit of many European citizens who will fly on those carriers; so a very important step has been made in the right direction and a very positive signal is coming from the update of the list.