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Airlines Black List

Before you board your next flight it may be worth to check if the airline you are using has not been blacklisted by civil aviation authorities due to safety concerns.

Page 1 provides the list of the airlines blacklisted by the European community and by the USA. The list comes from official sources: The European Commission and the FAA.

Page 2 gives details about how foreign airlines are controlled by Aviation Authorities, and the powers the Authorities have to make these airlines comply with the regulation.

Page 3 explains how standard safety levels are guaranteed when you board your flight.

1. European black list (95 airlines black-listed)

List of air carriers of which all operations are subject to a ban within the European community
Airline nationality Airline Date of the decision
AfghanistanAriana Afghan Airlines22nd March, 2006
AfghanistanKam Air23rd November, 2010
AngolaAerojet8th April, 2009
AngolaAir gicango8th April, 2009
AngolaAir jet8th April, 2009
AngolaBestflya Aircraft Management28th November, 2018
AngolaHeliang8th April, 2009
AngolaSJL28th November, 2018
AngolaSonair8th April, 2009
ArmeniaAircompany Armenia2nd December, 2020
ArmeniaArmenia airways2nd December, 2020
ArmeniaArmenian helicopters2nd December, 2020
ArmeniaAtlantis armenian airlines2nd December, 2020
ArmeniaAtlantis european airways2nd December, 2020
ArmeniaMars avia2nd December, 2020
ArmeniaSkyball2nd December, 2020
CongoAir fast congo10th July, 2013
CongoAir katanga8th April, 2009
CongoBusy bee congo8th April, 2009
CongoCanadian airways congo10th July, 2013
CongoCompagnie Africaine D’aviation (CAA)16th May, 2017
CongoCongo Airways16th May, 2017
CongoEquaflight Services26th November, 2009
CongoEquajet10th July, 2013
CongoKin avia8th April, 2009
CongoMalu Aviation22nd March, 2006
CongoMwant Jet2nd December, 2020
CongoServe Air16th May, 2017
CongoSociété nouvelle Air congo26th November, 2009
CongoSwala aviation8th April, 2009
CongoTrans air congo26th November, 2009
DjiboutiDaallo airlines26th November, 2009
Equatorial GuineaCeiba Intercontinental11th April, 2008
Equatorial GuineaCronos Airlines28th November, 2007
EritreaEritrean airlines10th July, 2013
EritreaNasair Eritrea10th July, 2013
IrakIraqi Airways16th May, 2017
IranIran Aseman Airlines16th May, 2017
Kyrgyz RepublicAir Manas5th March, 2007
Kyrgyz RepublicAvia traffic company12th October, 2006
Kyrgyz RepublicSky Kg Airlines10th July, 2013
Kyrgyz RepublicTez jet11th December, 2014
LiberiaAll airlines11th December, 2014
LibyaAfriqiyah Airways11th December, 2014
LibyaAir Libya11th December, 2014
LibyaAl Maha Aviation2nd December, 2020
LibyaBuraq Air11th December, 2014
LibyaGlobal aviation and services11th December, 2014
LibyaLibyan airlines11th December, 2014
LibyaLibyan Wings Airlines2nd December, 2020
LibyaPetro air11th December, 2014
MoldovaCA Aim Air SRL2nd December, 2020
MoldovaCA Air Stork SRL2nd December, 2020
MoldovaCA Fly Pro SRL2nd December, 2020
MoldovaCA Pecotox-Air SRL2nd December, 2020
MoldovaCA Terra Avia SRL 2nd December, 2020
MoldovaÎ M Megaviation SRL2nd December, 2020
MoldovaÎ.M Valan ICC SRL2nd December, 2020
NepalAir dynasty heli. S11th December, 2014
NepalAltitude Air2nd December, 2020
NepalBuddha air11th December, 2014
NepalFishtail air11th December, 2014
NepalHeli Everest2nd December, 2020
NepalHimalaya Airlines14th June, 2018
NepalKailash Helicopter Services2nd December, 2020
NepalMakalu air11th December, 2014
NepalManang air PVT LTD11th December, 2014
NepalMountain helicopters11th December, 2014
NepalNepal airlines corporation11th December, 2014
NepalPrabhu Helicopters2nd December, 2020
NepalSaurya Airlines14th June, 2018
NepalShree airlines11th December, 2014
NepalSimrik air11th December, 2014
NepalSimrik airlines11th December, 2014
NepalSita air11th December, 2014
NepalSummit Air2nd December, 2020
NepalTara air11th December, 2014
NepalYeti airlines domestic11th December, 2014
NigeriaMed-View Airline16th May, 2017
São Tomé and PríncipeAfrica Connection26th November, 2009
São Tomé and PríncipeSTP Airways26th November, 2009
Sierra LeoneAll airlines2nd December, 2020
SudanAlfa Airlines Sd16th May, 2017
SudanBadr Airlines16th May, 2017
SudanBlue bird aviation11th December, 2014
SudanEldinder Aviation16th May, 2017
SudanGreen flag Aviation23rd November, 2010
SudanHelejetic air11th December, 2014
SudanKata air transport11th December, 2014
SudanKush Aviation Co.16th May, 2017
SudanNova Airways16th May, 2017
SudanSudan Airways Co.16th May, 2017
SudanSun Air16th May, 2017
SudanTarco Air16th May, 2017
SurinameBlue Wings Airline23rd November, 2010
VenezuelaAvior Airlines14th June, 2018
ZimbabweAir Zimbabwe (PVT) Ltd16th May, 2017
List of air carriers of which all operations are subject to a ban within the European community
  • Afghanistan
  • Ariana Afghan Airlines
  • Kam Air
  • Angola
  • Aerojet
  • Air gicango
  • Air jet
  • Bestflya Aircraft Management
  • Heliang
  • SJL
  • Sonair
  • Armenia
  • Aircompany Armenia
  • Armenia airways
  • Armenian helicopters
  • Atlantis armenian airlines
  • Atlantis european airways
  • Mars avia
  • Skyball
  • Congo
  • Air fast congo
  • Air katanga
  • Busy bee congo
  • Canadian airways congo
  • Compagnie Africaine D’aviation (CAA)
  • Congo Airways
  • Equaflight Services
  • Equajet
  • Kin avia
  • Malu Aviation
  • Mwant Jet
  • Serve Air
  • Société nouvelle Air congo
  • Swala aviation
  • Trans air congo
  • Djibouti
  • Daallo airlines
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ceiba Intercontinental
  • Cronos Airlines
  • Eritrea
  • Eritrean airlines
  • Nasair Eritrea
  • Irak
  • Iraqi Airways
  • Iran
  • Iran Aseman Airlines
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Air Manas
  • Avia traffic company
  • Sky Kg Airlines
  • Tez jet
  • Liberia
  • All airlines
  • Libya
  • Afriqiyah Airways
  • Air Libya
  • Al Maha Aviation
  • Buraq Air
  • Global aviation and services
  • Libyan airlines
  • Libyan Wings Airlines
  • Petro air
  • Moldova
  • CA Aim Air SRL
  • CA Air Stork SRL
  • CA Fly Pro SRL
  • CA Pecotox-Air SRL
  • CA Terra Avia SRL
  • Î M Megaviation SRL
  • Î.M Valan ICC SRL
  • Nepal
  • Air dynasty heli. S
  • Altitude Air
  • Buddha air
  • Fishtail air
  • Heli Everest
  • Himalaya Airlines
  • Kailash Helicopter Services
  • Makalu air
  • Manang air PVT LTD
  • Mountain helicopters
  • Nepal airlines corporation
  • Prabhu Helicopters
  • Saurya Airlines
  • Shree airlines
  • Simrik air
  • Simrik airlines
  • Sita air
  • Summit Air
  • Tara air
  • Yeti airlines domestic
  • Nigeria
  • Med-View Airline
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Africa Connection
  • STP Airways
  • Sierra Leone
  • All airlines
  • Sudan
  • Alfa Airlines Sd
  • Badr Airlines
  • Blue bird aviation
  • Eldinder Aviation
  • Green flag Aviation
  • Helejetic air
  • Kata air transport
  • Kush Aviation Co.
  • Nova Airways
  • Sudan Airways Co.
  • Sun Air
  • Tarco Air
  • Suriname
  • Blue Wings Airline
  • Venezuela
  • Avior Airlines
  • Zimbabwe
  • Air Zimbabwe (PVT) Ltd

Airlines are banned or have restricted rights only when there are data demonstrating that they infringed specific regulation criteria. These criteria are based on the results of ground controlled performed on European airports, on the usage of aircraft badly maintained, dilapidated or obsolete, on the airline incapability to correct default identified during inspections and on the incapacity of the Authority in charge of the airline oversight and surveillance to perform this task.

List of air carriers of which operations are subject to operational restrictions within the European community
Airline nationality Airline (and aircraft affected) Date of the decision
AngolaTAAG Angola Airlines
(except six B-777 and four B737-700)
26th November, 2009
ComorosAir Service Comores (except Let-410 UVP)12th October, 2006
GabonAfrijet (except two Falcon 50 & two Falcon 900)24th July, 2008
GabonNouvelle Air Affaires Gabon
(except CL601 and HS-125-800)
26th November, 2009
IranIran Air
(except ten A300 and two A310)
23rd November, 2010
North CoreaAir Koryo
(except both Tu-204)
23rd November, 2010
List of air carriers of which operations are subject to operational restrictions within the European community
  • Angola
  • TAAG Angola Airlines (except six B-777 and four B737-700)
  • Comoros
  • Air Service Comores (except Let-410 UVP)
  • Gabon
  • Afrijet (except two Falcon 50 & two Falcon 900)
  • Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon (except CL601 and HS-125-800)
  • Iran
  • Iran Air (except ten A300 and two A310)
  • North Corea
  • Air Koryo (except both Tu-204)

2. American black list (20 countries having their airlines black-listed)

Last update: 3rd August, 2018

List of air carriers blacklisted by the USA
Airline nationality Airline
BangladeshAll airlines
BarbadosAll airlines
BelizeAll airlines
CongoAll airlines
CuracaoAll airlines
GambiaAll airlines
GhanaAll airlines
GuyanaAll airlines
HaitiAll airlines
HondurasAll airlines
Ivory CoastAll airlines
KiribatiAll airlines
MontenegroAll airlines
NauruAll airlines
ParaguayAll airlines
Sint MaartenAll airlines
SwazilandAll airlines
ThailandAll airlines
UruguayAll airlines
ZimbabweAll airlines
List of air carriers blacklisted by the USA
  • Bangladesh - All airlines
  • Barbados - All airlines
  • Belize - All airlines
  • Congo - All airlines
  • Curacao - All airlines
  • Gambia - All airlines
  • Ghana - All airlines
  • Guyana - All airlines
  • Haiti - All airlines
  • Honduras - All airlines
  • Ivory Coast - All airlines
  • Kiribati - All airlines
  • Montenegro - All airlines
  • Nauru - All airlines
  • Paraguay - All airlines
  • Sint Maarten - All airlines
  • Swaziland - All airlines
  • Thailand - All airlines
  • Uruguay - All airlines
  • Zimbabwe - All airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration assessed this country's civil aviation authority (CAA) and determined that it does not provide safety oversight of its air carrier operators in accordance with the minimum safety oversight standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

This rating is applied if one or more of the following deficiencies are identified:

  • The country lacks laws or regulations necessary to support the certification and oversight of air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards.
  • The National Civil Aviation Authority lacks the technical expertise, resources, and organization to license or oversee air carrier operations.
  • The National Civil Aviation Authority does not have adequately trained and qualified technical personnel
  • The National Civil Aviation Authority does not provide adequate inspector guidance to ensure enforcement of, and compliance with, minimum international standards.
  • AND the National Civil Aviation Authority has insufficient documentation and records of certification and inadequate continuing oversight and surveillance of air carrier operations.