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Consolidated text: Commission Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 of 22 March 2006 establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community referred to in Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Text with EEA relevance)

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 474/2006

of 22 March 2006

establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community referred to in Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(Text with EEA relevance)

(OJ L 084, 23.3.2006, p.14)

Amended by:

 

 

Official Journal

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 910/2006 of 20 June 2006

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1543/2006 of 12 October 2006

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14.10.2006

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 235/2007 of 5 March 2007

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6.3.2007

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 787/2007 of 4 July 2007

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5.7.2007

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1043/2007 of 11 September 2007

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1400/2007 of 28 November 2007

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 331/2008 of 11 April 2008

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 474/2006

of 22 March 2006

establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community referred to in Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(Text with EEA relevance)



THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 December 2005 on the establishment of a Community list of air carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community and on informing air transport passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier, and repealing Article 9 of Directive 2004/36/CE ( 1 ), and in particular Article 3 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the basic Regulation’) lays down procedures for establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community as well as procedures allowing the Member States, in certain circumstances, to adopt exceptional measures imposing operating bans within their territory.

(2)

In accordance with Article 3(3) of the basic Regulation, each Member State communicated to the Commission the identity of the air carriers that are subject to an operating ban in its territory, together with the reasons which led to the adoption of such bans and any other relevant information.

(3)

The Commission informed all air carriers concerned either directly or, when this was not practicable, through the authorities responsible for their regulatory oversight, indicating the essential facts and considerations which would form the basis for a decision to impose them an operating ban within the Community.

(4)

In accordance with Article 7 of the basic Regulation, opportunity was given by the Commission to the air carriers concerned to consult the documents provided by Member States, to submit written comments and to make an oral presentation to the Commission within 10 working days and to the Air Safety Committee ( 2 ).

(5)

The common criteria for consideration of an operating ban for safety reasons at Community level are set out in the Annex to the basic Regulation.

Air Bangladesh

(6)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Air Bangladesh with regard to a certain aircraft of its fleet. These deficiencies have been identified during ramp inspections performed by Germany under the SAFA programme ( 3 ).

(7)

Air Bangladesh did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of Germany regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication, as demonstrated by its lack of reply to correspondence from this Member State. To date Germany had no opportunity to verify whether the safety deficiencies have been corrected.

(8)

The authorities of Bangladesh with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Air Bangladesh have not exercised an adequate oversight on one specific aircraft used by this carrier in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention.

(9)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Air Bangladesh should be submitted to a strict operational restriction and included in Annex B.

Air Koryo

(10)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Air Koryo. These deficiencies have been identified by France and Germany, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 4 ).

(11)

Persistent failure by Air Koryo to address deficiencies previously communicated by France was identified during other ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 5 ).

(12)

Substantiated and serious incident-related information communicated by France indicates latent systemic safety deficiencies on the part of Air Koryo.

(13)

Air Koryo demonstrated a lack of ability to address these safety deficiencies.

(14)

Air Koryo did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of France regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication, as demonstrated by the absence of reply to a request by that Member State.

(15)

The corrective action plan presented by Air Koryo in response to France’s request was not adequate and sufficient to correct the identified serious safety deficiencies.

(16)

The authorities of the Democratic People Republic of Korea with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Air Koryo have not exercised an adequate oversight on this carrier in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention.

(17)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Air Koryo does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Ariana Afghan Airlines

(18)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of certain aircraft operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines. These deficiencies have been identified by Germany, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 6 ).

(19)

Ariana Afghan Airlines demonstrated a lack of ability to address these safety deficiencies.

(20)

Ariana Afghan Airlines did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of Germany regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of communication, as demonstrated by the absence of adequate response to correspondence from this Member State.

(21)

The competent authorities of Afghanistan, where the aircraft used by Ariana Afghan Airlines is registered, have not exercised a fully adequate oversight of the aircraft used by this carrier in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention.

(22)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Ariana Afghan does not meet the relevant safety standards for all the aircraft it operates, with the exception of A310 registration number F-GYYY which is registered in France and subject to the oversight of the French authorities.

BGB Air

(23)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of BGB Air. These deficiencies have been identified by Italy, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 7 ).

(24)

BGB Air demonstrated a lack of ability or willingness to address safety deficiencies as demonstrated by the submission of a self-assessment with ICAO Standards on the basis of the Foreign Operator Check List provided by Italy, which was found not to be in conformity with the subsequent findings of SAFA inspections.

(25)

BGB Air did not respond adequately to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of Italy, regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication, as demonstrated by the absence of reply to some correspondence sent by this Member State.

(26)

There is no evidence of the implementation of an adequate corrective action plan presented by BGB Air to correct the serious safety deficiencies in response to the request from Italy.

(27)

The authorities of Kazakhstan with responsibility for regulatory oversight of BGB Air did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of Italy when concerns about the safety of the operation of BGB Air certified in that state were raised, as demonstrated by the absence of reply to the correspondence sent by this Member State.

(28)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that BGB Air does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Buraq Air

(29)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Buraq Air concerning its cargo operations. These deficiencies have been identified by Sweden and the Netherlands, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 8 ).

(30)

Buraq Air did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of Germany regarding the safety aspect of its Cargo operations showing a lack of transparency or communication, as demonstrated by a lack of response to correspondence from this Member State.

(31)

The authorities of Libya with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Buraq Air have not exercised an adequate oversight on the Cargo operations of this carrier in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention.

(32)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Buraq Air should be subject to strict operational restrictions and included in Annex B.

Air Service Comores

(33)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Air Service Comores. These deficiencies have been identified by a Member State, France, during a ramp inspection performed under the SAFA programme ( 9 ).

(34)

There is no evidence of the implementation of an adequate corrective action plan presented by Air Service Comores to correct the identified serious safety deficiencies in response to the request from France.

(35)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Air Service Comores have shown a lack of ability to address safety deficiencies.

(36)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Comores did not cooperate in due time with the civil aviation authority of France when concerns about the safety of the operation of a carrier licensed or certified in that state were raised.

(37)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Air Service Comores does not meet the relevant safety standards.

GST Aero Air Company

(38)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of GST Aero Air Company. These deficiencies have been identified by Italy, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 10 ).

(39)

GST Aero Air Company demonstrated a lack of ability or willingness to address safety deficiencies.

(40)

GST Aero Air Company did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of Italy regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication as demonstrated by the absence of reply to the correspondence sent by this Member State.

(41)

There is no evidence of the implementation of an adequate corrective action plan presented by GST Aero Air Company to correct the serious safety deficiencies in response to Italy’s request.

(42)

The authorities of Kazakhstan with responsibility for regulatory oversight of GST Aero Air Company did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of Italy when concerns about the safety of the operation of a carrier licensed or certified in that state were raised, as demonstrated by the limited reply to the correspondence sent by Italy.

(43)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that GST Aero Air Company does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Phoenix Aviation

(44)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Kirghizstan have shown an insufficient ability to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards with regard to Phoenix Aviation. While Phoenix Aviation’s Air Operator’s Certificate was issued by Kyrgyzstan, there is evidence showing s that the airline has its principal place of business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), contrary to the requirements of Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention. The US National Transportation Safety Board’s Factual Report ( 11 ) into an accident involving Kam Air flight 904, which was operated by Phoenix Aviation, states that Phoenix Aviation has its headquarters in the UAE.

(45)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Phoenix Aviation does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Phuket Airlines

(46)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Phuket Airlines. These deficiencies have been identified by Member States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 12 ).

(47)

Phuket Airlines demonstrated a lack of ability to address timely and adequately these safety deficiencies.

(48)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Thailand did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of the Netherlands when concerns about the safety of Phuket Airlines certified in that state were raised as demonstrated by the lack of pertinent responses to the correspondence from this Member State.

(49)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Phuket Airlines does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Reem Air

(50)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Reem Air. These deficiencies have been initially identified by the Netherlands, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 13 ).

(51)

Persistent failure by Reem Air to address deficiencies was confirmed by the Netherlands, during subsequent ramp inspections on one specific aircraft performed under the SAFA programme ( 14 ).

(52)

Reem Air demonstrated a lack of ability or willingness to address safety deficiencies.

(53)

Reem Air did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of the Netherlands regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication as demonstrated by the absence of reply to the correspondence sent by this Member State.

(54)

There is no evidence of the implementation of an adequate corrective action plan presented by Reem Air to correct the identified serious safety deficiencies in response to the request from the Netherlands.

(55)

The authorities of Kirghizstan with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Reem Air have not exercised an adequate oversight on this carrier in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention, as demonstrated by the persistence of serious safety deficiencies. In addition, information provided to the Commission by Reem Air during the hearing granted to this company evidences that, while Reem Air Operator’s Certificate was issued by Kyrgyzstan, this airline has its principal place of business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), contrary to the requirements of Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention.

(56)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Reem Air does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Silverback Cargo Freighters

(57)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Silverback Cargo Freighters. These deficiencies have been identified by Belgium during a ramp inspection performed under the SAFA programme ( 15 ).

(58)

Silverback Cargo Freighters which equally assures the maintenance (A&B checks) of its own aircraft, did not respond adequately to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of this Member State regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication as demonstrated by the lack of pertinent response to requests made by this Member State.

(59)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Silverback Cargo Freighters does not meet the relevant safety standards.

Air carriers from the Democratic Republic of Congo

(60)

In spite of its efforts, the civil aviation authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (‘DRC’) have persistent difficulties to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards, as demonstrated by the ICAO-USOAP — Audit Summary Report of the Directorate of Civil Aviation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa, 11-18 June 2001). In particular, no system for the certification of Air Operators is currently in place.

(61)

The authorities of the DRC with responsibility for regulatory oversight have consequently shown a lack of ability to carry out adequate safety oversight.

(62)

An operating ban is imposed on Central Air Express because of substantiated deficiencies related to international safety standards, and its lack of cooperation with a Member State.

(63)

Belgium ( 16 ) and Hewa Bora Airways (HBA) have provided information showing that, in the case of HBA, the deficiencies observed in the past by the Belgian authorities have been significantly corrected with respect to certain aircraft. Belgium has further informed the Commission that it intends to conduct systematic ramp inspections of HBA. In view of this, it is considered that this air carrier should be allowed to continue its current operations.

(64)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that all air carriers certified in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) should be included in Annex A with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (HBA) which should be included in Annex B.

Air carriers from Equatorial Guinea

(65)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Equatorial Guinea did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of the United Kingdom (UK) when concerns about the safety of the operation of carriers licensed or certified in that state were raised. The UK wrote to the Director General of Civil Aviation in Equatorial Guinea on 27 March 2002 ( 17 ) seeking clarification on the following points:

 a significant increase in the number of aircraft registered in Equatorial Guinea and suggestions that the Aircraft Registration Bureau (ARB) or a similar organisation might be managing the register,

 the fact that a number of operators holding an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) issued by Equatorial Guinea did not have their principal place of business in Equatorial Guinea.

The letter also advised the Director General of Civil Aviation that the UK would not be in a position to allow further commercial operations to its territory by Equatorial Guinea airlines until the UK authorities were satisfied that these airlines were receiving satisfactory oversight. Equatorial Guinea did not reply to this letter.

(66)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Equatorial Guinea have shown an insufficient ability to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards, in particular as demonstrated by audits and related corrective action plans established under ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme. Such a USOAP audit of Equatorial Guinea took place in May 2001 whereby the audit report ( 18 ) indicated that the Civil Aviation Authority did not, at the time of the audit, have the ability to provide adequate oversight to its airlines and ensure that they operate in accordance with ICAO standards. These audit findings namely included:

 lack of an organisation capable of undertaking safety oversight activities, in particular a lack of specialised staff in the areas of licensing, aircraft operations or airworthiness,

 inability to identify the number of aircraft on the register or the number of valid certificates of airworthiness issued,

 failure to establish a structured system for the certification and supervision of air operators,

 failure to adopt aeronautical operations regulations,

 failure to perform surveillance on authorised operators,

 failure to implement a system for performing the basic duties of an airworthiness inspection agency.

Furthermore the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Equatorial Guinea has never up to date submitted to ICAO an action plan to address these audit findings ( 19 ) and consequently an audit follow up mission has not taken place.

(67)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Equatorial Guinea have shown an insufficient ability to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention. In fact, some holders of Air Operator Certificate (AOC) issued by Equatorial Guinea do not have their principal place of business in Equatorial Guinea, contrary to the requirements of Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention ( 20 ).

(68)

The authorities of Equatorial Guinea with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the following air carriers have shown a lack of ability to carry out adequate safety oversight on these carriers: Air Consul SA, Avirex Guinée Equatoriale, COAGE — Compagnie Aeree de Guinée Equatorial, Ecuato Guineana de Aviación, Ecuatorial Cargo, GEASA — Guinea Ecuatorial Airlines SA, GETRA — Guinea Ecuatorial de Transportes Aéreos, Jetline Inc., King Transavia Cargo, Prompt Air GE SA, UTAGE — Unión de Transporte Aéreo de Guinea Ecuatorial.

(69)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that all air carriers certified in Equatorial Guinea should be subject to an operating ban and included in Annex A.

Air carriers from Liberia

(70)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of International Air Services certified in Liberia. These deficiencies have been identified by France, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 21 ).

(71)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Liberia did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of the United Kingdom (UK) when informed of serious safety deficiencies identified during a ramp inspection of a Liberian-registered aircraft carried out by the UK civil aviation authority on 5 March 1996 ( 22 ). Concerns about the safety of the operation of carriers licensed or certified in Liberia were promptly raised when on 12 March 1996 the Liberian DCA was advised by the UK civil aviation authority that all requests for permits for Liberian registered aircraft to operate commercial services to the UK would be refused until the Liberian authorities could demonstrate the existence of an effective regulatory system to ensure the airworthiness of aircraft on the Liberian register. No response was ever received from the Liberian authorities. Likewise, the Liberian authorities did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of France by declining to reply when the latter Member State raised concerns about the safety of the operation of a carrier licensed or certified in Liberia.

(72)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Liberia have shown an insufficient ability to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards. The Government of Liberia itself admitted in 1996 ( 23 ) that it was unable to maintain regulatory control over Liberian registered aircraft because of the civil conflict. While the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in 2003 and the UN and the National Transitional Government of Liberia are slowly putting in place measures to improve security, it is unlikely that the Government’s ability to regulate its register has improved since 1996. ICAO has not yet carried out a USOAP audit of Liberia because of the security situation.

(73)

The authorities of Liberia with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the following air carriers have shown a lack of ability to carry out adequate safety oversight on these carriers: International Air Services Inc., Satgur Air Transport Corp., Weasua Air Transport Co. Ltd.

(74)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that all air carriers certified in Liberia should be subject to an operating ban and included in Annex A.

Air carriers from Sierra Leone

(75)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Air Universal Ltd. These deficiencies have been identified by Sweden during a ramp inspection performed under the SAFA programme ( 24 ).

(76)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sierra Leone did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authority of Sweden when concerns about the safety of the operation of Air Universal Ltd. certified in that state were raised, as demonstrated by the lack of response to the correspondence from this Member State.

(77)

The operating authorisation or technical permission of any carrier under the oversight of Sierra Leone has previously been refused or revoked by the United Kingdom.

(78)

While the Air Operator’s Certificate of Air Universal Ltd was issued by Sierra Leone, evidence shows that the airline has currently its principal place of business in Jordan, contrary to the requirements of Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention.

(79)

The authorities of Sierra Leone with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Air Universal Ltd have not exercised an adequate oversight on this carrier in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention.

(80)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that Air Universal Ltd. does not meet the relevant safety standards.

(81)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of air carriers certified in Sierra Leone. These deficiencies have been identified by three Member States, the UK, Malta and Sweden, during ramp inspections performed under the SAFA programme ( 25 ).

(82)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sierra Leone did not fully cooperate with the civil aviation authorities of Sweden and of Malta when concerns about the safety of the operation of Air Universal Ltd certified in that state were raised as demonstrated by the lack of response to the correspondence from this Member State.

(83)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sierra Leone have shown an insufficient ability to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards in accordance with their obligations under the Chicago Convention. Sierra Leone lacks an appropriate system in place to oversee its operators or the aircraft, and does not have the technical capability or resources to undertake such a task. Some holders of Air Operator Certificate (AOC) issued by Sierra Leone did not have their principal place of business in Sierra Leone, contrary to the requirements of Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention.

(84)

The corrective action plan presented by Sierra Leone is considered inappropriate (or insufficient) to correct the identified serious safety deficiencies. The Civil Aviation Authority of Sierra Leone has contracted a private company, International Aviation Surveyors (IAS), to conduct certain oversight activities on its behalf. However, the arrangements entered into between the two parties in a Memorandum of Understanding ( 26 ) do not provide an adequate oversight system for aircraft on the Sierra Leone register. In particular:

 The aircraft/airlines covered by the MoU were not based in Sierra Leone and the lAS personnel were based in neither Sierra Leone nor the country in which the airlines were based.

 IAS did not appear to have any enforcement powers.

 IAS assumed responsibility for routine inspections of the airlines concerned but the level of inspection activity was not specified.

 The MoU gave lAS a contractual relationship with the airlines concerned.

 The MoU did not appear to adequately address the supervision of flight operations.

(85)

The authorities of Sierra Leone with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the following air carriers have shown a lack of ability to carry out adequate safety oversight on these carriers: Aerolift Co. Ltd, Afrik Air Links, Air Leone Ltd, Air Rum Ltd, Air Salone Ltd, Air Universal Ltd, Destiny Air Services Ltd, First Line Air (SL) Ltd, Heavylift Cargo, Paramount Airlines Ltd, Star Air Ltd, Teebah Airways, West Coast Airways Ltd.

(86)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that all air carriers certified in Sierra Leone should be subject to an operating ban and included in Annex A.

Air carriers from Swaziland

(87)

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Jet Africa, an air carrier certified in Swaziland. These deficiencies have been identified by the Netherlands during a ramp inspection performed under the SAFA programme ( 27 ).

(88)

Jet Africa did not respond adequately and timely to an enquiry by the civil aviation authority of the Netherlands regarding the safety aspect of its operation showing a lack of transparency or communication as demonstrated by the absence of reply to the correspondence sent by this Member State.

(89)

There is no evidence of a corrective action plan presented by Jet Africa to correct the serious safety deficiencies in response to the Netherlands request.

(90)

The authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Swaziland have shown an insufficient ability to implement and enforce the relevant safety standards, in particular as demonstrated by a USOAP audit which took place in March 1999. The audit report ( 28 ) concluded that at the time of the audit, Swaziland was not capable of satisfactorily undertaking safety oversight related responsibilities in respect of its airlines and aircraft register. It also noted that it was not possible to determine the actual number of aircraft on the register as it was not properly maintained. Neither was it possible for the audit team to determine the actual number of personnel licences issued by Swaziland that were still valid, as records were not being maintained. A USOAP audit follow up mission has not taken place because Swaziland has not provided ICAO with information on the progress it has made in implementing the action plan to address the audit findings.

(91)

The authorities of Swaziland with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the following air carriers have shown a lack of ability to carry out adequate safety oversight on these carriers: Aero Africa (Pty) Ltd, African International Airways (Pty) Ltd, Airlink Swaziland Ltd, Northeast Airlines (Pty) Ltd, Scan Air Charter Ltd, Swazi Express Airways, Jet Africa.

(92)

Therefore, on the basis of the common criteria, it is assessed that all air carriers certified in Swaziland should be subject to an operating ban and included in Annex A.

General considerations concerning the carriers included in the list

(93)

Since it would not compromise safety, all air carriers mentioned above can be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.

(94)

The Community list has to be updated regularly and as soon as it is required, in order to take into account the evolution of safety in relation to the air carriers concerned and on the basis of further evidence of remedial actions undertaken.

Air carriers not included in the list

(95)

In light of the evidence provided by Tuninter and the authorities of Tunisia with responsibility for its regulatory oversight and further confirmation by Italy, it is considered that there is substantiated evidence that the safety deficiencies observed during two on-site inspections by the Italian authorities have been corrected by this carrier.

(96)

On the basis of the information provided by Germany, it is considered that there is no longer substantiated evidence of a lack of ability or willingness of the authorities of Tajikistan with responsibility for regulatory oversight of air carriers certified in this State.

(97)

On the basis of the information provided to Belgium showing that the deficiencies which led to a national ban on I.C.T.T.P.W. and South Airlines have been fully remedied, it is considered that there is no substantiated evidence of persisting serious safety deficiencies on the part of these air carriers.

(98)

On the basis of the information provided by Germany showing that the specific aircraft which led to the imposition of a operational restriction on Atlant Soyuz is no more part of its fleet, it is considered that there is no substantiated evidence of persisting serious safety deficiencies on the part of this air carrier.

(99)

On the basis of the information available at this stage, it is considered that there is no substantiated evidence of non-corrected serious safety deficiencies on the part of Air Mauritanie. Nevertheless, the ability of the authorities of Mauritania with responsibility for regulatory oversight of this air carrier needs to be further assessed. To this end, an evaluation of the authorities of Mauritania with responsibility for regulatory oversight of this air carrier and the undertakings under its responsibility should be conducted within 2 months by the Commission with the assistance of the authorities of any interested Member States.

(100)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Air Safety Committee,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:



Article 1

Subject matter

This Regulation establishes the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community referred to in Chapter II of the basic Regulation.

Article 2

Operating bans

1.  The air carriers listed in Annex A are subject to a ban within the Community for all their operations.

2.  The air carriers listed in Annex B are subject to operational restrictions within the Community. The operational restrictions consist of a prohibition on the use of the specific aircraft or specific aircraft types mentioned in Annex B.

Article 3

Enforcement

Member States shall inform the Commission of any measures taken under Articles 3(1) of the basic Regulation to enforce, within their territory, the operating bans included in the Community list in respect of the air carriers that are the subject of those bans.

Article 4

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the first day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

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ANNEX A

LIST OF AIR CARRIERS OF WHICH ALL OPERATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A BAN WITHIN THE COMMUNITY ( 29 )



Name of the legal entity of the air carrier as indicated on its AOC (and its trading name, if different)

Air Operator Certificate (AOC) Number or Operating Licence Number

ICAO airline designation number

State of the Operator

AIR KORYO

Unknown

KOR

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

AIR WEST CO. LTD

004/A

AWZ

Sudan

ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINES

009

AFG

Afghanistan

MAHAN AIR

FS 105

IRM

Islamic Republic of Iran

SILVERBACK CARGO FREIGHTERS

Unknown

VRB

Rwanda

TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES

001

DTA

Angola

UKRAINE CARGO AIRWAYS

145

UKS

Ukraine

UKRAINIAN MEDITERRANEAN AIRLINES

164

UKM

Ukraine

VOLARE AVIATION ENTREPRISE

143

VRE

Ukraine

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC), including

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AFRICA ONE

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0114/2006

CFR

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AFRICAN AIR SERVICES COMMUTER SPRL

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0005/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIGLE AVIATION

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0042/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIR BENI

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0019/2005

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIR BOYOMA

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0049/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIR INFINI

409/CAB/MIN/TC/006/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIR KASAI

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0118/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIR NAVETTE

409/CAB/MIN/TC/015/2005

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

AIR TROPIQUES S.P.R.L.

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0107/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

BEL GLOB AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0073/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

BLUE AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0109/2006

BUL

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

BRAVO AIR CONGO

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0090/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

BUSINESS AVIATION S.P.R.L.

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0117/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

BUTEMBO AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0056/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

CARGO BULL AVIATION

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0106/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

CETRACA AVIATION SERVICE

409/CAB/MIN/TC/037/2005

CER

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

CHC STELLAVIA

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0050/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

COMAIR

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0057/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

COMPAGNIE AFRICAINE D’AVIATION (CAA)

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0111/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

DOREN AIR CONGO

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0054/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

EL SAM AIRLIFT

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0002/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

ESPACE AVIATION SERVICE

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0003/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

FILAIR

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0008/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

FREE AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0047/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

GALAXY INCORPORATION

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0078/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

GOMA EXPRESS

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0051/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

GOMAIR

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0023/2005

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

GREAT LAKE BUSINESS COMPANY

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0048/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

HEWA BORA AIRWAYS (HBA)

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0108/2006

ALX

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

I.T.A.B. — INTERNATIONAL TRANS AIR BUSINESS

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0022/2005

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

KATANGA AIRWAYS

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0088/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

KIVU AIR

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0044/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

LIGNES AÉRIENNES CONGOLAISES

Ministerial signature (ordonnance 78/205)

LCG

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

MALU AVIATION

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0113/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

MALILA AIRLIFT

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0112/2006

MLC

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

MANGO AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0007/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

PIVA AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0001/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

RWAKABIKA BUSHI EXPRESS

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0052/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

SAFARI LOGISTICS SPRL

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0076/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

SAFE AIR COMPANY

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0004/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

SERVICES AIR

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0115/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

SUN AIR SERVICES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0077/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

TEMBO AIR SERVICES

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0089/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

THOM'S AIRWAYS

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0009/2007

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

TMK AIR COMMUTER

409/CAB/MIN/TC/020/2005

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

TRACEP CONGO

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0055/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

TRANS AIR CARGO SERVICE

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0110/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

TRANSPORTS AERIENS CONGOLAIS (TRACO)

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0105/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

VIRUNGA AIR CHARTER

409/CAB/MIN/TC/018/2005

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

WIMBI DIRA AIRWAYS

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0116/2006

WDA

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

ZAABU INTERNATIONAL

409/CAB/MIN/TC/0046/2006

Unknown

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC)

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Equatorial Guinea, including

 
 

Equatorial Guinea

CRONOS AIRLINES

Unknown

Unknown

Equatorial Guinea

CEIBA INTERCONTINENTAL

Unknown

CEL

Equatorial Guinea

EUROGUINEANA DE AVIACION Y TRANSPORTES

2006/001/MTTCT/DGAC/SOPS

EUG

Equatorial Guinea

GENERAL WORK AVIACION

002/ANAC

n/a

Equatorial Guinea

GETRA — GUINEA ECUATORIAL DE TRANSPORTES AEREOS

739

GET

Equatorial Guinea

GUINEA AIRWAYS

738

n/a

Equatorial Guinea

UTAGE — UNION DE TRANSPORT AEREO DE GUINEA ECUATORIAL

737

UTG

Equatorial Guinea

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Indonesia, including

 
 

Indonesia

ADAM SKY CONNECTION AIRLINES

121-036

DHI

Indonesia

AIR PACIFIC UTAMA

135-020

Unknown

Indonesia

AIRFAST INDONESIA

135-002

AFE

Indonesia

ASCO NUSA AIR TRANSPORT

135-022

Unknown

Indonesia

ASI PUDJIASTUTI

135-028

Unknown

Indonesia

AVIASTAR MANDIRI

135-029

Unknown

Indonesia

BALAI KALIBRASI FASITAS PENERBANGAN

135-031

Unknown

Indonesia

CARDIG AIR

121-013

Unknown

Indonesia

DABI AIR NUSANTARA

135-030

Unknown

Indonesia

DERAYA AIR TAXI

135-013

DRY

Indonesia

DERAZONA AIR SERVICE

135-010

Unknown

Indonesia

DIRGANTARA AIR SERVICE

135-014

DIR

Indonesia

EASTINDO

135-038

Unknown

Indonesia

EKSPRES TRANSPORTASI ANTAR BENUA

121-019

Unknown

Indonesia

EKSPRES TRANSPORTASI ANTAR BENUA

135-032

Unknown

Indonesia

GARUDA INDONESIA

121-001

GIA

Indonesia

GATARI AIR SERVICE

135-018

GHS

Indonesia

INDONESIA AIR ASIA

121-009

AWQ

Indonesia

INDONESIA AIR TRANSPORT

135-017

IDA

Indonesia

INTAN ANGKASA AIR SERVICE

135-019

Unknown

Indonesia

KARTIKA AIRLINES

121-003

KAE

Indonesia

KURA-KURA AVIATION

135-016

Unknown

Indonesia

LION MENTARI ARILINES

121-010

LNI

Indonesia

MANDALA AIRLINES

121-005

MDL

Indonesia

MANUNGGAL AIR SERVICE

121-020

Unknown

Indonesia

MEGANTARA AIRLINES

121-025

Unknown

Indonesia

MERPATI NUSANTARA

121-002

MNA

Indonesia

METRO BATAVIA

121-007

BTV

Indonesia

NATIONAL UTILITY HELICOPTER

135-011

Unknown

Indonesia

PELITA AIR SERVICE

121-008

PAS

Indonesia

PELITA AIR SERVICE

135-001

PAS

Indonesia

PENERBANGAN ANGKASA SEMESTA

135-026

Unknown

Indonesia

PURA WISATA BARUNA

135-025

Unknown

Indonesia

REPUBLIC EXPRES AIRLINES

121-040

RPH

Indonesia

RIAU AIRLINES

121-016

RIU

Indonesia

SAMPURNA AIR NUSANTARA

135-036

Unknown

Indonesia

SMAC

135-015

SMC

Indonesia

SRIWIJAYA AIR

121-035

SJY

Indonesia

TRANS WISATA PRIMA AVIATION

121-017

Unknown

Indonesia

TRANSWISATA PRIMA AVIATION

135-021

Unknown

Indonesia

TRAVEL EXPRES AIRLINES

121-038

XAR

Indonesia

TRAVIRA UTAMA

135-009

Unknown

Indonesia

TRI MG INTRA AIRLINES

121-018

TMG

Indonesia

TRI MG INTRA AIRLINES

135-037

TMG

Indonesia

TRIGANA AIR SERVICE

121-006

TGN

Indonesia

TRIGANA AIR SERVICE

135-005

TGN

Indonesia

WING ABADI NUSANTARA

121-012

WON

Indonesia

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the Kyrgyz Republic, including

 

Kyrgyz Republic

AIR CENTRAL ASIA

34

AAT

Kyrgyz Republic

AIR MANAS

17

MBB

Kyrgyz Republic

ASIA ALPHA AIRWAYS

32

SAL

Kyrgyz Republic

AVIA TRAFFIC COMPANY

23

AVJ

Kyrgyz Republic

BISTAIR-FEZ BISHKEK

08

BSC

Kyrgyz Republic

BOTIR AVIA

10

BTR

Kyrgyz Republic

CLICK AIRWAYS

11

CGK

Kyrgyz Republic

DAMES

20

DAM

Kyrgyz Republic

EASTOK AVIA

15

Unknown

Kyrgyz Republic

ESEN AIR

2

ESD

Kyrgyz Republic

GOLDEN RULE AIRLINES

22

GRS

Kyrgyz Republic

INTAL AVIA

27

INL

Kyrgyz Republic

ITEK AIR

04

IKA

Kyrgyz Republic

KYRGYZ TRANS AVIA

31

KTC

Kyrgyz Republic

KYRGYZSTAN

03

LYN

Kyrgyz Republic

KYRGYZSTAN AIRLINES

01

KGA

Kyrgyz Republic

MAX AVIA

33

MAI

Kyrgyz Republic

OHS AVIA

09

OSH

Kyrgyz Republic

S GROUP AVIATION

6

Unknown

Kyrgyz Republic

SKY GATE INTERNATIONAL AVIATION

14

SGD

Kyrgyz Republic

SKY WAY AIR

21

SAB

Kyrgyz Republic

TENIR AIRLINES

26

TEB

Kyrgyz Republic

TRAST AERO

05

TSJ

Kyrgyz Republic

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Liberia

 

Liberia

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sierra Leone, including

Sierra Leone

AIR RUM, LTD

Unknown

RUM

Sierra Leone

BELLVIEW AIRLINES (S/L) LTD

Unknown

BVU

Sierra Leone

DESTINY AIR SERVICES, LTD

Unknown

DTY

Sierra Leone

HEAVYLIFT CARGO

Unknown

Unknown

Sierra Leone

ORANGE AIR SIERRA LEONE LTD

Unknown

ORJ

Sierra Leone

PARAMOUNT AIRLINES, LTD

Unknown

PRR

Sierra Leone

SEVEN FOUR EIGHT AIR SERVICES LTD

Unknown

SVT

Sierra Leone

TEEBAH AIRWAYS

Unknown

Unknown

Sierra Leone

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Swaziland, including

Swaziland

AERO AFRICA (PTY) LTD

Unknown

RFC

Swaziland

JET AFRICA SWAZILAND

Unknown

OSW

Swaziland

ROYAL SWAZI NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION

Unknown

RSN

Swaziland

SCAN AIR CHARTER, LTD

Unknown

Unknown

Swaziland

SWAZI EXPRESS AIRWAYS

Unknown

SWX

Swaziland

SWAZILAND AIRLINK

Unknown

SZL

Swaziland




ANNEX B

LIST OF AIR CARRIERS OF WHICH OPERATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY ( 30 )



Name of the legal entity of the air carrier as indicated on its AOC

(and its trading name, if different)

Air Operator Certificate (AOC) Number

ICAO airline designation number

State of the Operator

Aircraft type

Registration mark(s) and, when available, construction serial number(s)

State of registry

AIR BANGLADESH

17

BGD

Bangladesh

B747-269B

S2-ADT

Bangladesh

AIR SERVICE COMORES

06-819/TA-15/DGACM

KMD

Comoros

All fleet with the exception of:

LET 410 UVP

All fleet with the exception of:

D6-CAM (851336)

Comoros



( 1 ) OJ L 344, 27.12.2005, p. 15.

( 2 ) Established by Article 12 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91 of 16 December 1991 on the harmonization of technical requirements and administrative procedures in the field of civil aviation (OJ L 373, 31.12.1991, p. 4).

( 3 ) LBA-D-2005-0003

LBA-D-2005-0004

LBA-D-2005-0004

( 4 ) DGAC/F 2000-210

No ref. for another SAFA inspection performed by Germany.

( 5 ) DGAC/F-2000-895

( 6 ) LBA-D-2004-269

LBA-D-2004-341

LBA-D-2004-374

LBA-D-2004-597

( 7 ) ENAC-IT-2005-237

( 8 ) LFV-S-2004-2004-52

CAA-NL-2005-47

( 9 ) DGAC/F-2005-1222

( 10 ) ENAC-IT-2005-170

ENAC-IT-2005-370

( 11 ) Factual Aviation Report, USA-National Transportation Safety Board, 2 March 2005, (NTSB ID: DCA05RA033).

( 12 ) CAA-UK-2005-40

CAA-UK-2005-41

CAA-UK-2005-42

CAA-UK-2005-46

CAA-UK-2005-47

CAA-UK-2005-48

CAA-NL-2005-49

CAA-NL-2005-51

CAA-NL-2005-54

CAA-NL-2005-55

CAA-NL-2005-56

( 13 ) CAA-NL-2005-119

CAA-NL-2005-122

CAA-NL-2005-128

CAA-NL-2005-171

CAA-NL-2005-176

CAA-NL-2005-177

CAA-NL-2005-191

CAA-NL-2005-195

CAA-NL-2005-196

( 14 ) CAA-NL-2005-230

CAA-NL-2005-234

CAA-NL-2005-235

( 15 ) BCAA-2005-36

( 16 ) SAFA ramp inspection performed by the Authorities of Belgium on March 11, 2006 in Brussels.

( 17 ) Correspondence between the UK Department of Transport and DGCA-Equatorial Guinea on the ‘Aircraft Register of Equatorial Guinea’ (27 March 2002).

( 18 ) ICAO-USOAP Summary Report — Audit of the Directorate of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Malabo, 14-18 May 2001).

( 19 ) ICAO Council working paper C-WP/12471.

( 20 ) Correspondence between the UK Department of Transport and ECAC on the ‘Issue of Aircraft Documentation by Non-Approved Companies’ (6 August 2003).

( 21 ) DGAC/F-2004 Nos 315, 316

( 22 ) UK-CAA Regulation Group — Aircraft Survey Report, 5 March 1996 (Office code: 223).

( 23 ) Correspondence between the Transport Ministry of Liberia and UK DGCA on the ‘inability, due to the Liberian Civil conflict, to maintain regulatory control over Liberian registered aircraft’, 28 August 1996.

( 24 ) LFV-S-04-0037

( 25 ) CAA-UK-2003-103

CAA-UK-2003-111

CAA-UK-2003-136

CAA-UK-2003-198

CAA-MA-2003-4

LFV-S-2004-37

( 26 ) Memorandum of Understanding between DCA Sierra Leone and ‘FAST International Aviation Surveyors on the inspection, surveillance and provision of regulatory services to extra-regional air operators’ (IAS/SL DCA MOA 201101).

( 27 ) CAA/NL-2004-98

( 28 ) ICAO-USOAP Summary Report — Audit of the Directorate of Civil Aviation of Swaziland, (Mbabane, 9-12 March 1999).

( 29 ) Air carriers listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.

( 30 ) Air carriers listed in Annex B could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.

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