The Indonesian airline once featured on the EU’s list of banned airlines that aren’t allowed to fly within the European Union – at all.
It was included on the list alongside Wings Air and Batik Air in 2007 as the European Comission had concerns about Indonesia’s oversight of airline regulations. It stayed on the banned list for nine years.
However it was taken off the Flight Safety List in 2016, meaning it can now fly within the EU again.
The airline, which is Indonesia’s biggest budget carrier has suffered a number of other crashes in the last fifteen years, including flight 538 which killed 25 people in 2004.
The Flight Safety list was last updated in June this year and features 120 airlines that aren’t allowed to fly into the EU.
Before this latest revision, Indonesia features heavily on the list, with 55 airlines currently banned – however these were all removed in June.
Airlines on the list include Air Zimbabwe, Iraqi Airways, Air Libya and Buddha Air (Nepal).
There is also a separate list of six airlines which can only fly into the EU with special restrictions in place on which aircraft they use.
These are Taag Angola Airlines (Angola), Air Service Comores (Comores) Afrijet Business Services (Gabon), Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon (Gabon), Iran Air (Iran) and Air Koryo (North Korea).
List of countries with airlines banned in the European Union – and how many airlines are banned in each
Afghanistan – 2
Angola – 13
Republic of Congo – 8
Democratic Republic of Congo – 21
Djibouti – 1
Equatorial Guinea – 2
Eritrea – 2
Gabon – 6
Iran – 1
Iraq – 1
Kyrgyz Republic – 13
Libya – 7
Nepal – 18
Nigeria – 1
Sao Tome and Principe – 2
Sierra Leone – 7
Sudan – 12
Suriname – 1
Venezuela – 1
Zimbabwe – 1
Why have the airlines been banned?
The EU stated in its Aviation Strategy in 2015 that it pledges to “maintain high levels of safety”.
These airlines may have a perfect safety record but there may be concerns about poor upkeep of aircraft, which means the risk towards passengers is too high.
The report states that airlines on the list do not conform “with the necessary technical elements and requirements prescribed by the applicable international safety standards.”
Several airlines on the list have had fatal crashes in recent years, such as Nepal’s Buddha Air which had a crash on a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Mount Everest in 2011 that killed 19 people.
What we know so far about Lion Air flight JT610
- Lion Air flight JT610 crashed 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta
- 189 were on board, including 178 adult passengers, 1 child, two babies, two pilots and six flight attendants
- No survivors have been found
- The aircraft was travelling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang in Indonesia
- The pilot requested a return to the airport shortly before the crash
- Rescuers have posted pictures online of a crushed phone, books, clothing, ID cards and bags that have been found
- The plane was a new model – a Boeing 737 MAX 8 – and had only been in use for two months
- Lion Air's CEO said the plane had reported a technical problem on Sunday night
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