Maputo — On Monday the European Union published its latest list of air carriers subject to a ban on operating in its airspace. The list covers 287 airlines from 20 countries.
Under the list, the European Commission has maintained its ban forbidding all Mozambican air companies from flying in European Union airspace, and warns that “we will not remove an air carrier from the list unless we have clear evidence that the safety issue has been resolved”.
In April 2011, the European Commission declared that “all air carriers certified in Mozambique have been banned from flying into the EU ...
because of significant safety deficiencies requiring decisive action”.
Those deficiencies did not concern Mozambique Airlines (LAM), or any other Mozambican air company, but the regulatory agency, the Mozambican Civil Aviation Institute (IACM).
Contacted by AIM, a spokesperson from the office of Siim Kallas, the Vice President of the European Commission with responsibility for transport, said “we are still in the process of obtaining information from the Mozambique Civil Aviation Authorities as part of the process of reviewing cases to be removed from the list”.
The spokesperson pointed out that “the process is not yet complete so it is was too early for a review at the November Air Safety Committee. We will continue with our dialogue and review the case, as we do routinely, to consider if any proposals for a relaxation of restrictions would be appropriate at the next Air Safety Committee. But progress will depend on receiving all the relevant information from Mozambique”.
According to Siim Kallas, "the Commission is ready to spare no effort to assist countries affected by the safety list in building technical and administrative capacity to overcome the difficulties in the area of safety as quickly and as efficiently as possible”.