The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has banned more than 20 airlines from flying in EU airspace
The European Commission added 21 Russian carriers including Aeroflot and S7 Airlines to its EU Air Safety List. The document details carriers subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union because they do not meet international safety standards.
The commission advised that the airlines had been placed on the list because of “serious safety concerns due to Russia's forced re-registration of foreign-owned aircraft, knowingly allowing their operation without valid certificates of airworthiness”. It stressed that Russia’s move to negate sanctions is “in breach of international aviation safety standards”.
Adina Vălean, the EU Commissioner for Transport, said: “The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has allowed Russian airlines to operate hundreds of foreign-owned aircraft without a valid Certificate of Airworthiness. The Russian airlines concerned have knowingly done so in breach of relevant international safety standards. This is not only a clear breach of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention), but it also poses an immediate safety threat. We are living in the context of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine.”