EU bans Ukraine Cargo Airways

14:15, 11 April 2008
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Amid concerns over safety standards

The European Commission said it is imposing a ban on all operations of an additional Ukrainian airline, Ukraine Cargo Airways, as well as on all operations of the Congolese carrier Hewa Bora Airways amid concerns over the groups` safety standards, according to Forbes.

Ukraine Cargo Airways is the third Ukrainian airline added to the list of companies banned from operating in the European Union after Volare and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines.

Hewa Bora was previously allowed to operate a single aircraft under a special arrangement, but this operating permission has been withdrawn, a commission spokesman said.

The commission is also closely monitoring the progress made by carriers Mahan Air from Iran, TAAG Angola Airlines and all Indonesian carriers, all of which at this stage, remain on the list.


`There are still significant safety deficiencies which must be addressed before TAAG can be withdrawn from the list`, the commission said.

As far as Mahan Air is concerned, the EU executive says it will carry out a visit to Iran to verify the results of efforts to improve safety standards before it can withdraw it from the list.

Garuda Indonesia has made insufficient progress, and the Indonesian authorities still have to demonstrate that they have taken the necessary measures to allay safety fears, according to the commission.

Cubana de Aviacion from Cuba and Islands Development Company from Seychelles reacted `quickly and efficiently` to resolve their safety problems after the EU banned them, the commission says.

They have therefore been removed from the list, although they will continue to be monitored closely.

The updated blacklist which was published on Friday bans all carriers from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In addition, nine individual carriers` operations are fully banned in the European Union.


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