AFRAA Concern

THE AFRICAN Airlines Association (AFRAA) reiterated its strong criticism of the EU’s “continued unilateral practice of blacklisting of mainly African states and airlines with no visible benefits in enhancing safety on the continent,” and called on African governments, the African Union and the African Civil Aviation Commission not “to allow this state of affairs to continue as the continent’s air transport industry is being progressively destroyed.”
The statement follows the EC’s April decision to prohibit all carriers certified in Mozambique and two Air Madagascar Boeing 767s from operating to EU airports.  The EC cited “significant safety deficiencies requiring decisive action in both cases.
Mozambique is the 14th African state to be subject to a blanket ban; an additional four African states are subject to either a partial ban or have an individual carrier that has been restricted from operating to the EU.  In its statement, AFRAA called the EU blacklist a “public relations exercise” that acts as “a blunt instrument that constrains the development of a viable African air transport industry in Africa.”  (Eryl Crump)