YEREVAN, June 3. /ARKA/. The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards.
Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Armenia have been added to the list, after further assessment of the country’s safety oversight capabilities. This decision follows the hearings of the Armenian Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) and six Armenian air carriers- Armenia Airways, Armenian Helicopters, Atlantis Armenian Airlines, Atlantis European Airlines, Mars Avia and Skyball.
Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: “The EU Air Safety List should be used as an instrument that helps airlines and countries listed reassess and improve their flying standards. The decision to include the Armenian carriers on the EU Air Safety List has been made based on the unanimous opinion delivered by the Air Safety Committee. The Commission, with the assistance of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, stands ready to cooperate and invest in Armenia to improve its aviation safety.”
The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but 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.
Following today’s update, a total of 96 airlines are banned from EU skies.
Today’s update of the Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the aviation safety experts from the Member States who met from 12-14 May 2020 under the auspices of the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC), via videoconference.
Earlier, Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee denied media reports that it was deprived of its license, saying that the licenses of two Armenian airlines were temporarily suspended.
On April 6, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan blamed this situation on the criminal negligence of the former leadership of the Committee. According to him, aircraft registered in Armenia had for many years been involved in illegal activities in African countries, in particular, in arms trafficking.
On April 14, the head of the Committee, Tatevik Revazyan, announced that it would commission independent experts to identify and solve problems in the field of air transportation in Armenia .–