European Union Updates Safety Blacklist
On July 10 the European Commission updated its list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. Following safety improvements in its home nation, Philippine Airlines became the first airline from that Southeast Asian country to be removed from the so-called blacklist and allowed back into European skies (having been banned in 2010). Venezuelan airline Conviasa, banned last year, also was removed from the list. While the authorities noted that Libyan Airlines has made progress, Libyan authorities agreed the airline would not yet be allowed to operate in Europe until the company is recertified to the satisfaction of the European Aviation Safety Agency.