The EU Air Safety List actually contains two lists. The first list (Annex A) includes all airlines banned from operating in Europe. The second list (Annex B) includes airlines that are restricted from operating under certain conditions in Europe. Both lists are updated regularly and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Before taking any action based on the information in these lists, all users should ensure they have the latest version.
Maximum effort has been made to verify the exact identity of all airlines in the EU Safety List, including through the introduction, if known, of the specific unique letter codes assigned to each airline by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), of the State of certification and of the air operator certificate (or operating licence) number.
Nonetheless, complete verification has not been possible in all cases, owing for example to a lack of information surrounding some airlines that might be operating on the border of, or altogether outside, the recognised international aviation regime. It can therefore not be excluded that there might be airlines which are not banned, but happen to operate under the same trading name as an airline included in the EU Safety List.
Also, the Commission does not necessarily know the name and other details of each airline that is certified by a country of which all the airlines are subject to an operating ban. Although the name of such airline, unknown to the Commission, will not figure on the EU Safety List, it is nevertheless banned from operating within the European Union because of the ban on all airlines registered in that country.
Airlines subjected to an operating ban could be permitted to operate within the European Union by using wet-leased aircraft of an airline which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with. The aircraft being used in such operations could be branded as if it belonged to the fleet of the banned airline.