New EU ‘Blacklist’

An update to the European Union aviation ‘blacklist’ has been released, showing some interesting changes. ‘Safety deficiencies’ mean that all airlines from Zambia and Kazakhstan have been added to the list, with only Kazakh air carrier Air Astana, whose operations into EU nations are frozen under strict restrictions, avoiding a complete ban.
On a positive note, and citing significant “improvements and accomplishments of the Indonesian civil aviation authority” regarding safety, Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Premiair have been removed from the list “because their authority ensures that they respect the international safety standards”. However, the ban still applies to other Indonesian carriers.
Progress made by Angola’s aviation authority and TAAG Angola Airlines in resolving safety deficiencies has been recognised, allowing to again operate into Portugal, though “only with certain aircraft and under very strict conditions”.