The European Union has forbidden access to its airspace for 78 airline companies in 13 African countries

Rédigé le 06/12/2018
Ecofin Agency

On November 28, 2018, the European Commission published an updated list of airline companies no more meeting international security standards and thus subjected to a prohibition or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Overall, 115 companies in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Iran, North Korea and in Africa are on this blacklist. However, Africa is the region with the largest number of airline companies on the list.

There are notably 82 certified companies, in 14 African countries, including 78 that are forbidden to access the European airspace.

Seventy-six airline companies from eleven African countries are suspended because of a lack of surveillance and security from their civil aviation. These countries are Angola (8) ; Congo (8) ; the Democratic Republic of Congo (21) ; Djibouti (01) ; Equatorial Guinea (02) ; Eritrea (02) ; Gabon (06) ; Libya (07) ; São Tomé and Príncipe (02) ; Sierra Leone (07) and Sudan (12).

Two other certified airline companies from two African countries have also been forbidden to access the European Union airspace for security reasons involving their own firms. They are Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

Four companies are subjected to operational restrictions and can only access the said airspace with specific aircrafts. They are notably Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Service Comores (Comoros) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

List of airline companies forbidden to access the European Union’s airspace by countries :  

Nigeria (01)

  • MED-VIEW AIRLINE

Zimbabwe (01)

  • AIR ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

Angola (08)

  • AEROJET
  • GUICANGO
  • AIR JET
  • BESTFLYA AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT
  • HELIANG
  • HELI-MALONGO
  • SJL
  • SONAIR

Congo (08)

  • AERO SERVICE
  • CANADIAN AIRWAYS CONGO
  • EMERAUDE
  • EQUAFLIGHT SERVICES
  • EQUAJET
  • EQUATORIAL CONGO AIRLINES S.A.
  • MISTRAL AVIATION
  • TRANS AIR CONGO

The Democratic Republic of Congo (21)

  • AIR FAST CONGO
  • AIR KASAI
  • AIR KATANGA
  • AIR TROPIQUES
  • BLUE AIRLINES
  • BLUE SKY
  • BUSY BEE CONGO
  • COMPAGNIE AFRICAINE D’AVIATION (CAA)
  • CONGO AIRWAYS
  • DAKOTA SPRL
  • DOREN AIR CONGO
  • GOMAIR
  • KIN AVIA
  • KORONGO AIRLINES
  • MALU AVIATION
  • MANGO AIRLINES
  • SERVE AIR
  • SERVICES AIR
  • SWALA AVIATION
  • TRANSAIR CARGO SERVICES
  • WILL AIRLIFT

Djibouti (01)

  • DAALLO AIRLINES

Equatorial Guinea (02)

  • CEIBA INTERCONTINENTAL
  • CRONOS AIRLINES

Eritrea (02)

  • ERITREAN AIRLINES
  • NASAIR ERITREA

Gabon (06)

  • AFRIC AVIATION
  • ALLEGIANCE AIR TOURIST
  • NATIONALE REGIONALE TRANSPORT (N.R.T)
  • SKY GABON
  • SOLENTA AVIATION GABON
  • TROPICAL AIR-GABON

Libya (07)

  • AFRIQIYAH AIRWAYS
  • AIR LIBYA
  • BURAQ AIR
  • GHADAMES AIR TRANSPORT
  • GLOBAL AVIATION AND SERVICES
  • LIBYAN AIRLINES
  • PETRO AIR

Sao Tomé-and-Principe (02)

  • AFRICA'S CONNECTION
  • STP AIRWAYS

Sierra Leone (07)

  • AIR RUM, LTD
  • DESTINY AIR SERVICES, LTD
  • HEAVYLIFT CARGO
  • ORANGE AIR SIERRA LEONE LTD
  • PARAMOUNT AIRLINES, LTD
  • SEVEN FOUR EIGHT AIR SERVICES LTD
  • TEEBAH AIRWAYS

Sudan (12)

  • ALFA AIRLINES SD
  • BADR AIRLINES
  • BLUE BIRD AVIATION
  • ELDINDER AVIATION
  • GREEN FLAG AVIATION
  • HELEJETIC AIR
  • KATA AIR TRANSPORT
  • KUSH AVIATION CO.
  • NOVA AIRWAYS
  • SUDAN AIRWAYS CO.
  • SUN AIR
  • TARCO AIR

 

List of companies subjected to operational restrictions

Angola (01)

  • TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES

Comoros (01)

  • AIR SERVICE COMORES

Gabon (02)

  • AFRIJET BUSINESS SERVICE
  • NOUVELLE AIR AFFAIRES GABON (SN2AG)