Iran Air’s operations to Europe are to be “restricted”.
March 31: In the European Union (EU) Commission’s latest list of airlines banned from European airspace published yesterday Iran Air’s operations to Europe are to be “restricted”.
The EU’s Mobility & Transport department says that following an examination of Iran Air’s operations through ramp checks of its aircraft and evidence of “serious incidents and accidents suffered by the carrier” over the past year, the Air Safety Committee concluded unanimously that Iran Air’s operations to the EU should be restricted, with only “certain” aircraft allowed to fly to Europe. Iran Air currently operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft supplemented by Fokker F100s.
Two new countries have also been added to the ‘banned’ list: Sudan and the Philippines, on the basis of safety assessments by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). An operating ban has been imposed on all Sudanese air carriers due to the poor safety performance of the civil aviation authority of Sudan and on all carriers from the Philippines, despite the Commission acknowledging “recent efforts to reform the civil aviation system in the country”.
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said “Safety comes first. We are ready to support countries that need to build up technical and administrative capacity to guarantee the necessary standards in civil aviation. But we cannot accept that airlines fly into the EU if they do not fully comply with international safety standards.”