BRUSSELS: The European Union banned on 5 February most of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) fleet from flying to the 27-nation bloc, and it lifted restrictions on two other carriers that had previously been on the EU’s “blacklist”.
The executive European Commission said only PIA’s seven Boeing 777s would be allowed to fly to the EU, confirming a Reuters report in February. The rest of the airline’s fleet of 42 planes would be blocked for safety reasons.
The Commission said Thailand’s Phuket Air had been dropped from the list of banned airlines after it addressed the EU’s safety concerns. African cargo carrier DAS Air Cargo was also removed from the blacklist.
The EU extended a ban on Sudan’s Air West to cover its entire fleet.