Air Companies Blacklist

Flying in general can be a scary experience but one way to make you feel a little more safe before boarding the plane is by avoiding airlines that are on the EU Blacklist. We will take a look at the history of the Blacklist and current air companies that it would be best you avoided entirely.


In 2004 and 2005, there were a number of airline crashes in various countries that took the lives of hundreds of EU citizens and led to the creation of the Blacklist. It was created in March of 2006 by the European Commission and is updated twice a year with new additions or removals of airlines based on performance.

Over 300 airlines from around 20 countries have made the list meaning they use antiquated aircraft and/or do not meet regulatory oversight standards of the EU. These airlines cannot enter European airspace or land at any European airport.

All the airlines from the following countries are banned

  • - Afghanistan
  • - Benin
  • - Republic of Congo
  • - Democratic Republic of Congo
  • - Djibouti
  • - Equatorial Guinea
  • - Eritrea
  • - Krygyzstan
  • - Liberia
  • - Libya
  • - Mozambique
  • - Nepal
  • - North Korea
  • - Sao Tome and Principe
  • - Sierra Leone
  • - Sudan
  • - Zambia

Countries that are banned with a few air company exceptions

  • - Angola except TAAG Angola Airlines
  • - Gabon except Gabon Airlines and SN2AG
  • - Indonesia except Airfast Inodonesia, Premieair, Garuda Indonesia and Indonesia AirAsia
  • - Kazakhstan except Air Astana which has recently been allowed to increase flight numbers to EU
  • - Suriname except specific Blue Wing Airlines aircraft

There are also airlines such as Air Koryo from South Korea, Airlift International from Ghana, Air Madagascar and others that can fly under restrictions and in certain conditions. A comprehensive list of air companies to avoid can be found online at the European Commissions website.

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