EUROPE & CIS: EU adds three Ghanaian cargo carriers to ban

The European Union has banned two Ghanaian cargo carriers from operating within its airspace because of "serious and persistent" safety issues. "We cannot afford any compromise in air safety" said European transport commissioner Siim Kallas. Meridian Airways, which operates DC-8 freighters in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, has been banned outright while restrictions […]


The European Union has banned two Ghanaian cargo carriers from operating within its airspace because of "serious and persistent" safety issues. "We cannot afford any compromise in air safety" said European transport commissioner Siim Kallas.

Meridian Airways, which operates DC-8 freighters in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, has been banned outright while restrictions have been placed on three AirLift International aircraft, also DC-8 freighters, leaving only one allowed to operate within EU airspace.

The EU has imposed total or partial bans to all carriers from 17 countries: Angola, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia.