Afghan airlines meet the criteria to fly into EU airspace
All state-owned and private airlines of Afghanistan were banned from entering the European Union airspace in 2010 for failing to meet the international safety criteria.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Deputy Head of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) Mahmood Shah Habibi said the conditions for the Afghan airlines to be removed from the blacklist were:
- Independent civil aviation administration
- Approval of law on Afghanistan aviation
- Standardizing Afghan airlines to meet international standards
- Hiring international operators to run their fleets
According to Habibi, the airlines have met these criteria that were previously absent and the developments have been reported to the EU about 10 days ago.
The EU authorities have confirmed receipt of the report and are yet to announce their decision about removal of Afghan airlines from their blacklist.
Afghanistan currently uses foreign airlines to reach European countries.
The ban on Afghan airlines came in 2010 after Afghanistan failed to comply in time with a EU order to update aviation regulations dating back to 1972 and set up a Civil Aviation Authority.
Safi, one of the major private airlines in Afghanistan, faced a major blow as a result of the ban, as it offered flies to Frankfurt five times a week.
For further information on the EU blacklist, please visit the following links:
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