Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List – number of Russian Airlines added

Daily News 11 / 04 / 2022

Economy - published on 13 April 2022


Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, which is the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, because they do not
meet international safety standards. Following today’s update, 21 airlines certified in Russia have been included on the EU Air Safety List. This reflects serious safety concerns due to Russia’s
forced re-registration of foreign-owned aircraft, knowingly allowing their operation without valid certificates of airworthiness. This is in breach of international aviation safety standards.
Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has allowed Russian airlines to operate hundreds of foreign-owned aircraft without a
valid Certificate of Airworthiness. The Russian airlines concerned have knowingly done so in breach of relevant international safety standards. This is not only a clear breach of the Convention on
International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention), but it also poses an immediate safety threat. We are living in the context of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression
against Ukraine. However, I want to make it crystal-clear that this decision is not another sanction against Russia; it has been taken solely on the basis of technical and safety grounds. We do not
mix safety with politics.” The full list and more information is available on a press release and
a Q&A.

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