Concerned over the recent series of civil aviation disasters in recent weeks and months, both France and Belgium are now publishing the lists of
airlines that are banned from flying in their countries to reassure their citizens that bad maintenance practices will not be tolerated in their
countries. In addition, Jacques Barrot, Brussels' transport commissioner, is pushing for EU legislation to promote the exchange of information on
unsafe airlines within the European Union.
France and Belgium today named a total 14 airlines banned from their airports, after a series of plane crashes worldwide in August raised concern
about European governments' oversight of carriers' safety.
The Delegation Generale de l'Aviation Civile, the French aviation regulator, today said it has refused landing rights to five airlines over the past
four years. Belgium's list included nine carriers.
France decided last week to release the names of airlines blocked from flying to the country for safety reasons following the Aug. 16 crash in
Venezuela of a Medellin, Colombia-based West Caribbean Airways plane that killed all 160 people aboard, including 152 French tourists. Four of the
five airliner crashes this month were fatal.
``The airlines included in the blacklist cannot operate flights in any French airport,'' Maxime Coffin, head of security checks at the French
regulator, said at a Paris press conference. ``Its publication is a warning to other airlines: if they're not rigorous enough, they could find
themselves on the list one day or another.''
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France is showing they really mean business; they also have made a Fly Air's Airbus A300-B4 wait at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport since the day
before yesterday because of fuel leaks and tire problems with the aircraft and refuse to let the aircraft fly until the problems are fixed.
This is the first I have ever heard of airlines being banned; although related stories say this has been going on for sometime. It should be noted
that the actions by both France and Belgium have backing by the EU and it is expected they will have a consolidated European Union list by the end of
the year that will ban all of the airlines on the list from flying within the EU.
I am sure this will reassure some flyers that countries are doing what they can to prevent substandard air lines from flying in their country,
although I doubt many of them would be flying the airlines currently on the lists, since they are virtually all unknown airlines. For those of you who
may be planning on flying and plan a side trip while in another country, you might want to avoid the airlines on the lists.
The airlines banned in Belgium are: Silverback Cargo Freighters (Rwanda); Air Memphis (Egypt); Air Van Airlines (Armenia); Johnsons Air Limited
(Ghana); Central Air Express (Democratic Republic of the Congo); ICTTPW (Libya); International Air Tours Limited (Nigeria); and South Airlines
Airlines banned by France are: Air Koryo from North Korea; Air Saint-Thomas from the United States; International Air Service from Liberia; Phuket
Airways of Thailand and Air Mozambique (LAM) and affiliated carrier Transairways.
[edit on 8/29/2005 by shots]