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Why You Shouldn’t Try To Fly These Airlines To Get Back Home To The U.S. Or U.K./Europe

by SharonKurheg

Since the last half of the last century, it really has become a small world. With few exceptions, it’s relatively easy to fly to just about any other country in the world. However, if you want to get back home again, especially to the United States or U.K./Europe, there are a few airlines – and in fact, a handful of entire countries – you should avoid. Here’s why…


Most airlines from most countries have good safety records and the countries that oversee this safety are trustworthy. However, that’s not always the case.

Airlines banned from Europe/U.K. air space

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, certain airlines are banned from operating in European airspace (including U.K. airspace) because they’ve found to be unsafe and/or aren’t sufficiently overseen by their authorities.

The EU Air Safety List contains two lists, both of which are updated regularly:

  • Annex A includes all airlines banned from operating in Europe.
  • Annex B includes airlines that are restricted from operating under certain conditions in Europe.

Click here for the list (please note that you’ll have to “tick the box” before using the search engine). And nope, I have no idea how things will work out for this to be used post-Brexit. But for now, today, it’s fine.

U.S.A.’s Internal Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)

Unlike the Civil Aviation Authority’s list, the Federation Aviation Administration keeps a list of entire countries, as determined by the IASA, whose airlines are banned from operating in the U.S. Like the CAA though, the FAA’s reasoning is the same – they don’t meet minimum standards for international aviation safety and don’t maintain sufficient oversight of carriers within their own borders.

These countries currently include:

  • Bangladesh
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Ghana
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Venezuela

Note: As of March 8, 2013, countries are removed from the list after 4 years if they don’t provide air transport service to the U.S., have no code-share arrangements with U.S. carriers, and have no significant interaction with the FAA.

Click here for the updated list (you’ll need to go down to the bottom of the page, to the option that says “Results.” Heads up that it’s an MS Excel document.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

1 comment

Christian January 7, 2020 - 10:10 pm

I think that it’s fair to mention that while US standards can be stringent (outside of Boeing airplanes), air travel is still enormously safe as a whole. My wife and I flew Thai a couple months ago and I’m flying Malaysia soon. The only country on your list that I’d studiously avoid is Venezuela, simply because the situation is so terrible in general there that expecting proper maintenance seems pretty naive.


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