Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA

European Commision Updates the EU Air Safety List and Clears All Airlines Certified in Zambia

17/06/2016 - 18:14
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The EU has been engaging with the Zambian Authorities in recent years and has provided technical assistance to work closely with the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority amongst other partners.

Today the European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines which cannot fly in the EU sky because subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions. The European Commission has cleared all airlines certified in Zambia from the list. This decision was made possible after the responsible authorities and the airlines concerned were able to show the Commission and the EU Air Safety Committee that they implement international aviation safety standards.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Aviation safety is my top priority. Today's decision illustrates the European Commission's continuous efforts to offer the highest level of safety. Not only to European travellers, but to travellers worldwide, because aviation safety does not know nationalities. I am happy that the European Commission was able today to clear all Zambian air carriers from the EU Air Safety List. It took seven years of hard work by many safety experts, in Zambia as well as in Europe, but our common efforts did pay off. Today's decision is proof that hard work at the service of aviation safety does pay off, and that the skies in Zambia, but also in the rest of Africa, are getting safer and safer again."

The Air Safety List is one of the key tools employed by the European Union to guarantee the highest level of air safety to European citizens, whether they fly within the Union or outside of Europe. This is a priority for the Commission, as clearly stated in the Aviation Strategy it adopted in December 2015.

In recent last years, the EU has stepped up efforts to not only put unsafe air carriers on the Air Safety List, but to also help affected countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the Safety List. In addition, the 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 Air Safety List would become necessary.

Ambassador Alessandro Marianisaid: "I am extremely pleased to see that the Zambian air carriers are now cleared from the EU Air Safety List and I look forward to seeing further continued improvements in safety and security in the coming years as these will provide tangible benefits not just to air travellers but to the Zambian economy as a whole.”

The EU has been engaging with the Zambian Authorities in recent years and has provided technical assistance to work closely with the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority amongst other partners (contracts totalling more than EURO 2.6M).  The EU is currently preparing a new programme of support to continue to enhance air safety and security in Zambia and this will be financed from the 11th European Development Fund allocation for Zambia in the amount of EURO 5.6M.

Today the European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines which cannot fly in the EU sky because subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions. The European Commission has cleared all airlines certified in Zambia from the list. This decision was made possible after the responsible authorities and the airlines concerned were able to show the Commission and the EU Air Safety Committee that they implement international aviation safety standards.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Aviation safety is my top priority. Today's decision illustrates the European Commission's continuous efforts to offer the highest level of safety. Not only to European travellers, but to travellers worldwide, because aviation safety does not know nationalities. I am happy that the European Commission was able today to clear all Zambian air carriers from the EU Air Safety List. It took seven years of hard work by many safety experts, in Zambia as well as in Europe, but our common efforts did pay off. Today's decision is proof that hard work at the service of aviation safety does pay off, and that the skies in Zambia, but also in the rest of Africa, are getting safer and safer again."

The Air Safety List is one of the key tools employed by the European Union to guarantee the highest level of air safety to European citizens, whether they fly within the Union or outside of Europe. This is a priority for the Commission, as clearly stated in the Aviation Strategy it adopted in December 2015.

In recent last years, the EU has stepped up efforts to not only put unsafe air carriers on the Air Safety List, but to also help affected countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the Safety List. In addition, the 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 Air Safety List would become necessary.

Ambassador Alessandro Marianisaid: "I am extremely pleased to see that the Zambian air carriers are now cleared from the EU Air Safety List and I look forward to seeing further continued improvements in safety and security in the coming years as these will provide tangible benefits not just to air travellers but to the Zambian economy as a whole.”

The EU has been engaging with the Zambian Authorities in recent years and has provided technical assistance to work closely with the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority amongst other partners (contracts totalling more than EURO 2.6M).  The EU is currently preparing a new programme of support to continue to enhance air safety and security in Zambia and this will be financed from the 11th European Development Fund allocation for Zambia in the amount of EURO 5.6M.

* For more information, contact: Stephen.MCCLUSKEY@eeas.europa.eu

 

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