European Commission removes Kazakh carrier from blacklist

The European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, clearing Kazakh carrier Air Astana from the blacklist, which imposes an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, the commission said.

Following the adoption of a new aviation strategy for Europe, the European Commission cleared the Kazakh carrier, whose operations in the EU have been restricted since 2009.

The updated EU Air safety list includes all airlines, to a total of 228, certified in 20 states.

EU Air safety list is regularly updated by safety experts from the member states. They meet at list twice a year within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC), which is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).