EU to lift ban on Afghan airlines by the end of 2015
Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) announced on Friday that the European Union (EU)P is expected to end ban on Afghan airlines by the end of this year.
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.
According to the Ministry officials, Afghanistan has completed majority of the preconditions set by the EU for the Afghan airlines to be removed from EU’s blacklist. The conditions included independent civil aviation administration, approval of law on Afghanistan aviation, standardizing Afghan airlines to meet international standards and hiring international operators to run their fleets.
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.
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, Germany five times a week.
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