The updated European Commission EU Air Safety List has cleared Kazakh Carrier Air Astana. The EU Air Safety List contains the name of airlines that are, ‘subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.’ A new addition to the list was Iraqi Airways.
The decision to remove Air Astana will allow the carrier to increase flights to Europe, something that had been restricted since 2009.
EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said, "Offering the highest level of air safety to European citizens is a priority of the Commission. On Monday we updated the EU's safety rules as part of the Aviation Strategy and today we are updating the EU's Air Safety List. I am satisfied that we were able to clear Air Astana after six years of work. In the interest of European citizens, we are however forced to maintain other Kazakh carriers on the list and to add Iraqi Airways."
No carriers from Thailand were added to the list. A total of 230 airlines are banned from operating in European skies and the latest two additions are Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname).