Europe has one of the best aviation safety records in the world thanks to the effective implementation of high standards. Working in close cooperation with safety authorities in Member States, other countries and international aviation organisations, the European Union strives to raise these standards across the world. However, some airlines still operate in conditions which fall below essential and internationally recognised safety levels.
To improve safety further, the European Commission – in close consultation with the aviation safety authorities of all Member States – has decided to ban certain airlines from operating in European airspace, because they are found to be unsafe and/or they are not sufficiently overseen by their authorities.
To consult the list of banned airlines, you can download the document below (full list) or search on this site by clicking on the button 'Search banned airlines'.
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The first list (Annex A) includes all airlines banned from operating in Europe. The second list (Annex B) includes airlines which are restricted to operating in Europe under specific conditions. Both lists are updated regularly and published in the Official Journal of the European Union . Before taking any action based on the information in these lists, all users should ensure they have the latest version.
Latest press release: IP/14/2580, 11/12/2014
- The EU Safety List (i.e. "Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community") is a list of airlines which the European Commission, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 December 2005 on the establishment of a Community list of air carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community and on informing air transport passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier and on the basis of the advice of the EU Air Safety Committee, decided to subject to either a complete or a partial operating ban within the European Union, for failure to adhere to the applicable international safety standards.
- Maximum effort has been made to verify the exact identity of all airlines in the EU Safety List, including through the introduction, if known, of the specific unique letter codes assigned to each airline by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), of the State of certification and of the air operator certificate (or operating licence) number.
- Nonetheless, complete verification has not been possible in all cases, owing for example to a lack of information surrounding some airlines that might be operating on the border of, or altogether outside, the recognised international aviation regime. It can therefore not be excluded that there might be airlines which are not banned, but happen to operate under the same trading name as an airline included in the EU Safety List.
- Also, the Commission does not necessarily know the name and other details of each airline that is certified by a country of which all the airlines are subject to an operating ban. Although the name of such airline, unknown to the Commission, will not figure on the EU Safety List, it is nevertheless banned from operating within the European Union because of the ban on all airlines registered in that country.
- Airlines subjected to an operating ban could be permitted to operate within the European Union by using wet-leased aircraft of an airline which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with. The aircraft being used in such operations could be branded as if it belonged to the fleet of the banned airline.
- This notice is for information only and has no legally-binding effects. In any event, the interpretation of Union law is ultimately the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
- The European Commission does not guarantee the correctness of the information provided by this web application, nor does the European Commission assume any responsibility for any damage which would result from any kind of use of this web application.
- The only authentic version of the EU Safety List is the version which is annexed to the latest applicable Commission Implementing Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community , as published in the Official Journal of the European Union.