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Civil war prompts air ban

BRUSSELS: As Libya's seven-month civil war threatens its al-Sidr oil facilities in the east of the country, the European Commission says all Libya's airlines have now been banned from European Union airspace.

On December 14, 2014, the TradeArabia business news network reported that clashes between rival factions near the port have led to the closure of the oil facility and a halt to its production of 200,000 barrels a day.

Emb-170-Petro-AirIn addition to Libyan Airlines, the other EU-banned carriers are Ghadames Air Transport, Global Aviation & Services and Petro Air.

Violeta Bulc, EU Transport commissioner said: "Recent events in Libya have led to a situation whereby the civil aviation authority is no longer able to fulfill its international obligations with regard to the safety of the Libyan aviation sector. My priority in aviation is passenger safety, which is non-negotiable, and we stand ready to help the Libyan aviation sector as soon as the situation on the ground will allow for this."

The updated EU air safety list covers 310 airlines in 21 countries including Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sudan and Zambia.

In addition to the general ban, the Commission has allowed 10 airlines to operate with specific aircraft: Air Astana (Kazakhstan); Afrijet, Gabon Airlines and SN2AG (Gabon); Air Koryo (Democratic People's Republic of Korea); Airlift International (Ghana); Air Service Comores (the Comoros); Iran Air (Iran); TAAG Angolan Airlines (Angola) and Air Madagascar (Madagascar).

The Commission says its determination of proscribed airlines is based on an inability to respect international aviation safety standards, or whose civil aviation authorities are deemed unable to provide a level of oversight that meets international standards.

EU list: list_en.pdf

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