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Mozambique airlines still barred from European airspace

Mozambique airlines remain on the list of airlines banned from flying in the European Union (EU) airspace despite the European Commission welcoming the “good progress” made by the country’s civil aviation authority towards meeting international safety standards, APA can report.Avaition sources said on Friday that the flights from Mozambique to the European Union countries have not resumed despite this favourable review of the industry’s reported progress in safety standards.

Last Wednesday, the European Commission updated its list of banned airlines based on the unanimous opinion of the EU Air Safety Committee, the Mozambican media reported.

A total of 278 airlines from 20 countries are barred from Europe.

Since 2011, all airlines certified in Mozambique have been under EU ban due to supposed deficiencies in the regulatory agency, the Mozambican Civil Aviation Institute (IACM).

Representatives from IACM and the Mozambique flag carrier LAM met with the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on May 31 and presented a thorough briefing on their adoption of international standards.

However, the Commission said “the most important areas” would only be addressed by IACM in 2014 or 2015.

“The EU air safety list was created for the protection of European skies and citizens, but it can also serve as a wake-up call to countries and airlines in need to get their safety house back in order,” said Siim Kallas, an official with the European Commission.

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