EU launches online air safety checking tool

by Ray Clancy on April 18, 2014

People travelling to and from and in and around Europe can now search online to find out which airlines are subject to bans.

The European Commission has launched an online tool to search the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union that are on the EU Air Safety List.

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The EU Air Safety List provides information regarding the airlines that are banned from operating in EU skies because they do not respect international safety standards

With the new tool, finding information is easier, faster and more effective, a spokesman explained. All you have to do is type in a country, an airline name, or an ICAO airline code and you will know whether or not an airline is on the EU Air Safety List.

Previously, even though the Commission’s EU Air Safety List website is one of the most visited websites in the transport policy area, users had to study the complete list of airlines in order to find the information they needed on one particular airline.

‘Effective aviation safety standards in Europe have made the Union the safest region to fly in the world, on par with the United States,’ the spokesman explained.

‘Whilst the European Union and its Member States are working with safety authorities in other countries to raise safety standards across the world, there are still some airlines operating in conditions below international safety levels,’ he said.

‘To improve safety in Europe further, the European Commission, in consultation with Member States’ aviation safety authorities, is tasked with banning airlines found to be unsafe from operating in European airspace,’ he added.

The EU Air Safety List provides information regarding the airlines that are banned from operating in EU skies because they do not respect international safety standards.

However, users are invited to read an information notice before using the tool. This clarifies the scope of this search tool and of the EU Air Safety List in general.

Indeed, despite the efforts made to verify the exact identity of all airlines in the EU Safety List, a complete verification is not always possible. Furthermore, and evidently, the Commission does not necessarily know the details of each airline in the world.

The new tool is in English but other versions, one for each official language of the EU, will be launched soon.

The EU Air Safety List is established by the European Commission, pursuant to Regulation No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 December 2005 on the establishment of a Community list of air carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community and on informing air transport passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier and on the basis of the advice of the EU Air Safety Committee.

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