The European Commission said on April 16 it has included all the air carriers from Moldova, with the exception of Air Moldova, Fly One and Aerotranscargo, on the list of carriers banned from operating in the EU.
The airlines have been included in the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, due to a lack of safety oversight by the civil aviation authority of Moldova.
“The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected airlines and countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list. In addition, the EU Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the EU Air Safety List would become necessary,” the EC said.
In another change in the latest EU Air Safety List, the civil aviation authorities of both Belarus and the Dominican Republic were put under heightened scrutiny because of signs of a decrease in safety oversight, the statement said.
In total, 120 airlines are now banned from EU skies. These comprise 114 airlines certified in 16 states (one of which is Kyrgyzstan), due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states, plus six individual airlines based on safety concerns with regard to the specific airlines.