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EU bans 216 airlines - but not Lion Air

BRUSSELS: June 16, 2016. The European Commission has published its latest EU Air Safety List that includes 216 airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore banned or restricted from operating within the European Union.

Following today's update, all airlines certified in Zambia are cleared from the list, along with Air Madagascar and three airlines certified in Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air.

Lion Air is part of the Lion Air Group, together with Wings Air, Batik Air, Lion Bizjet, Malindo Air (based in Malaysia) and Thai Lion Air.

Lion ParcelThe Commission said it also cleared most Iran Air aircraft to resume services to and from the EU.

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc noted: "I am happy to say that after seven years of work and extensive European technical assistance, we were able to clear all Zambian air carriers from the list. Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May. Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies."

The ban include 214 airlines certified in 19 states plus Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname) - both based on safety concerns.

Six more airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet (Falcon 50 and 900) and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG, Gabon (Challenger 601 and HS125-800); Air Koryo, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (only a TU 204); Air Service Comores, the Comoros (only the LET 410); Iran Air, Iran (no B747 nor Fokker 100) and TAAG Angola Airlines, Angola (only a B737 and B777).

The full list can be downloaded here: EU_banned_airlines_2016.pdf

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