The European Union has removed all airlines from Benin and Mozambique from its air safety blacklist after the companies addressed the bloc’s safety concerns. EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said recently that the airlines’ removal from the blacklist showed their reforms and cooperation have paid off.
The blacklist is widely seen as a major business incentive for airlines to uphold safety standards. The list, which is compiled by EU aviation safety experts, restricts air carriers from operating in Europe if they are certified by a state lacking safety oversight or if there are safety issues detected with the airlines themselves.
The European Commission said that oversight mechanisms in Benin and Mozambique had improved to meet international safety standards and the airlines from those countries can be removed from the blacklist.
Bulc, said: “I am glad that we are able to take all carriers from Benin and Mozambique out of the air safety list.
Four carriers were added to the list Tuesday over safety shortfalls: Nigeria’s Med-View, Mustique Airways from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ukraine’s Aviation Company Urga and Air Zimbabwe.
They add up to a total of 181 airlines from 16 countries that are currently banned from EU skies, while an additional six can only fly to the 28 EU member countries using certain types of aircraft.