|Philippine carriers’ EU ban stays, red flag over all Nepal airlines
The European Commission put all Nepal airlines on its safety blacklist, banning them from flying to the EU, and said Philippines, Sudan and Zambia were making improvements.
“The current safety situation in Nepal does not leave us any other choice than to put all of its carriers on the EU air safety list,'' EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said.
“We do hope that this ban will help the aviation authorities to improve aviation safety,'' Kallas said in a statement.
The Commissioner cited progress in several countries, among them Philippines, Sudan and Zambia although for the moment they remain on the list, barring them from flights to, or within the 28 EU member countries.
No airlines from Nepal fly to the EU, however.
The current EU safety list covers 21 countries and some 295 airlines – Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia.—AFP