EU Lifts Aviation Ban on all Aircrafts Registered in Zambia

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European commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc
European commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc

The European Commission has today announced the lifting of its suspension of Zambian registered aircrafts from entering the European skies.

According to the updated the EU Air Safety List released today, Zambia is one of the countries that have been removed from the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Zambia are cleared from the list, along with Air Madagascar and three airlines certified in Indonesia namely Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air.

In 2009, the EU banned all Zambian registered aircrafts from entering the European air space on safety grounds.

The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Aviation Strategy adopted in December 2015.

The EU Air Safety List is one of the Union’s main instruments to meet that objective.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said, “aviation safety is my top priority and today’s update illustrates our continuous efforts to offer the highest level of air safety to European citizens. I am happy to say that after seven years of work and extensive European technical assistance, we were able to clear all Zambian air carriers from the list. Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May. Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies.”

Following today’s update, a total of 216 airlines are banned from EU skies and 214 airlines certified in 19 states due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.

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54 COMMENTS

    • Now Lazy Bum Edgar can fly on GRZ Challenger all the way to Vatican City to see Poppy then fly to Milian with Dora, Margaret and Mumbi for shopping…then go to Paris to go window shopping nation airline at Airbus’s showroom.

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  1. How do we change a winning team from PF to FDD, UPND?
    President Edgar Lungu these are big scores and confidence in our governance, infrastructure, economy and systems is being restored as witnessed by this game changing decision from the EU. Kudos!
    This is big news, well done LT!

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    • The Europeans are trying to confuse Chakolwa Chagwa so that instead of fleeing to Saudi Arabia he can go to Switzerland to cash on some Eurobonds after he loses in August. Instead Interpol will be waiting for him.

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  2. UPND Cadres can you please post something here. What has the PF done wrong here? I know you will have something against President Lungu.

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    • Ok fine cleared to fly to Europe..so Chagwa will fly there on a broomstick! The PF promised a national airline by June 2014.They have not delivered.Thats the yardstick we should be measuring their performance against and not these inconsequential administrative formalities.

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    • They want to give Edgar chakolwa Hangover Kaloba Wrungu an was escape way in exile.

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    • They want to give Edgar chakolwa Hangover Kaloba Wrungu an easy escape way in exile.

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  3. This will make travel cheaper… can we now have a national air line?
    Zimbabwe has one, Rwanda has one – Kenya has one two

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  4. UPND is being shamed day by day with its loudmouth empty charlatan pronouncements of Utopia. We the people can see how hard President Edgar Lungu has pushed for successes such as these. Who ever thought Zambia’s commercial airline operations could be unbanned from the EU?
    While Under 5s are promising to cook food for your family, PF is making BIG moves to foster a conducive environment for agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. The UPND 10-point plan was a copy paste document from the PF Manifesto.
    I see Kaponya (HH) being defeated very badly this time around. They say we only won by 27000 votes last year, this time we shall sweep the August polls with the new 2.7 million voters

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  5. PF is too big to contain. The opposition are now panicking. We have too many achievements to point at.
    Even our respectable opposition Madam Nawakwi is day in day out bickering with UPND’s mercenary Boer man Gay Scott over their assured doom.

    Everyone knows the mighty PF has delivered and now all the opposition can do is just fight amongst themselves. Next year we are setting up a Land Rover assembly plant and Zambians will realize that PF is the party of the future.

    Vote PF – Peaceful Friends
    Vote PF – Prosperous Future

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  6. Lungu did do anything for this to happen don’t comment on things you do not understand this issue has been o for a very long time, now we such show them two incidents were PF thug have almist brought down oposition party hired choppers because this is a very big crime.

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    • Ba London – It has happened under his watch baba – try to contain your bitterness. Unruly cadres are just unruly cadres — that has nothing to do with the Euro pronouncement who are talking about flying into the Euro Zone and not Shiwang’andu.

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  7. This is indeed great news for the whole of Zambian, its citizenry, and the African continent. Commerce affects us all.

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  8. PF and UPND cadres, could you take your immature fights to Zambian watchdog and tumfweko. Let us enjoy progress without your corners catching feelings at the smallest mention of any news.

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  9. For those who follow the efficient Market Hypothesis theory will truly agree with me that the dollar tomorrow will slightly lose strength against the Kwacha tomorrow and the other day. Take this seriously. In short the kwacha will tomorrow gain!

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  10. I like the challenge to Judge Chulu to resign if he is so incompetent as to have approved fake papers. PF should come clean about what they know of Chulu’s competence.

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  11. Aircrafts? There is no such a thing as Aircrafts …chisungu cha shani ichi? It is called Aircraft … ubututu ba LT …

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    • There’s such grammar as aircrafts meaning different types of airplanes. For example, a helicopter is an aircraft whilst a cessna 152 is an aircraft too. So for both you can say aircrafts. Just to add to it, it’s great news and bravo to Zambia Civil Aviation Authority.

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    • Iwe nsomba yo ola, am an aviator and you? Ask any genuine aviator and you will be advised. No need to be bitter okay! !!!

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  12. What zambian carriers are you applauding??.
    There are no zambia aircraft that can reach Europe.
    Zambia does not have a airways company to certify.
    That ban was on zambia airways for over loading. Zambia airways is no more so there was no need to continue.

    The kaponyas are desperate for good news such that they will cheer anything.

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  13. Ok fine cleared to fly to Europe..so Chagwa will fly there on a broomstick! The PF promised a national airline by June 2014.They have not delivered.Thats the yardstick we should be measuring their performance against and not these inconsequential administrative formalities.

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    • What are you going to do with a national airline? The selfsame EC will even give you a high interest loan to buy Airbuses as they know its supports manufacturing in their countries…knowing too well that you will not go anywhere in this dog eat dog sector.

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  14. Lungu this lungu that you under fives. Concentrate on praying for the deliverance of your candidate.

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  15. Give credit where its due. By the way is true that satanists dont give to the underprivileged??

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  16. Doesn’t matter if EU lifts its ban on our poorly run Zambian air transport industry.The regional giants of Kenya Airways,Ethiopian,SAA and even Rwandair will still eat us raw due to our lack of work ethic,professionalism and lack of business acumen.

    Zambians don’t need a national airline as priority,our priority should be to cultivate a business friendly culture.

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  17. This is what this EU woman said”we were able to clear all Zambian air carriers from the list”.Twebeni ko bamayo which air carrier are you clearing from Zambia?Give us names,dont just speak from without.The truth is that,there was no air carrier from Zambia entering Europe or other countries which they could use to judge if we qualify or not.As such we qualified automatically because we have had nothing to offer.I think this is just one way of encouraging us to have a national airline.Its like being awarded a penalty kick and the referee favors you & says,the goal keeper of the opponent shd move out of the goal post so that you can shoot the ball without anybody interfering you.And the worst thing is to miss such an opportunity.

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  18. We are all falling to realize this issue has to do more with globalization which is booming and becoming more globalized and creating issues.

    Question 1. The EU in the past has claimed many things from trade barriers against certain producers such as Latin American producers are not for the benefit of the EU but to allow countries like Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific, to develop. Basically the question is do you think they are justified? The real reason behind this is because most of the stakeholders and owners are from the EU who own plantations where they want to see development (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific).

    Just think about it, the US and the EU fighting about bananas? What is happening here? Countries that are not producing the product but fighting about it? Why are most of…

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  19. Why are most of the banana producers in the EU and the US?

    Those who produce bananas in South America, the plantations are owned by Americans. In Europe the plantations are owned by Europeans. You see what is happening? Globalized world! They are the ones putting pressure on the policy makers. In the US lobbies are very important. If you go to the US border, there are people that specialize in this lobby stuff. If they are asked if they don’t produce they claim they are not trying to protect those locations. People in developing world like Africa don’t have access to the market, it the Europeans and the American’s who are producing the bananas.

    Why did the WTO rule against the EU? What the WTO does is that when nations have conflicts they take their issues there. WTO is there to…

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    • Ignorance. There are no banana planting in Europe. It is too cold for bananas.
      Meanwhile kudos to Edgar. This is another big score. He already delivered the promised constitution. He has already reduced load shading. What has HH done?
      Envy will kill HH and his blind followers. I pity Guy Scott and Mulenga Sata.
      Let the winning team continue. Viva Lungu

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  20. WTO is there to ensure that any nation does not just put particular taxes on people. There are minimal things allowed.

    Back to Zambia. Now if you can recall in February there was a story about The EU allowing Zambian elephant trophy hunt products to be imported after a ban in 2015. Who is LIONAID? It is a UK charity working globally to save lions and end the decline of wild lion populations. So what did this so called EU just do? EU lifted the Aviation Ban on all Aircraft’s Registered in Zambia. This is food for thought which has the Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata smeared all over it! Dirty politics and greed. Once again your animals are in danger.

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  21. The EU will never take an action that is not selfishly beneficial to them. WAKE UP! Now watch the space as the beleaguered EU airlines invest in Zambian airlines so they can begin to rape our skies at home and beyond. Luckily, all the Afrikan is concerned with is prestige and not ramification.

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  22. Nothing exciting here except if you are a PF retard that show their huge teeth even when they are being insulted. This is an insult really! So how can we fly to Europe when we dont even have a single plane. Those dilapidated ZAF choppers cant even cross the Sahara cos they would go up in flames.
    It like telling a soldier to go to war without weapons

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  23. You don’t have Zambian airline which fly to Europe apart from presidential fly. It’s good going forward but in the present circumstances it’s no deal.

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  24. Zambian’s someone has given us information about what is happening yet we are in doubt. A white person on the title page makes the EU credible and nothing is a lie right? LionAid above has given us everything to fill in the pieces but we are blinded by having an airline which we have not had in years and all of a sudden we are going to have it based on the lifting on the ban by the EU? All of a sudden Jean Kapata says she will kill 24 lions and hippos? Tabeni mwichibe: (put . on www. and .com) wwwyoutubecom/watch?v=-CnwaeHypXc

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  25. What will happen EU carriers will register in Zambia and start flying into Europe.The Europeans do not have programmes that benefit africa but themselves

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  26. The problem in africa and Zambia in particular, we listen a lot to people outside country.What works is what we conceive ourselves.In future the Europens may reverse this decision when it suits them

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  27. Bushe mwe ba t.onga mwaba shani? Thats why even HH is now surrounded by people from different regions. He knows he can not go anywhere with you attitude. Mwanya enjoy posting this nonsense now. PF is in charge till……………………………………………………

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  28. @PF MPIKA CADRE:imfwe aba Tonga twaliba so;1.We think of the future and the entire nation at large and not like you Bemba who thinks only of himself,his pocket and his family.2.We think of cause and effect of certain actions taken,in what interest was it taken.We wont just take food and eat,even if that food had many people killed in order to produce it-again here NO!In short we are not in for a quick buck.Efyo twaba ifwe-ni ifi fine fye.Zambia matters more than a tribe and to have good morals towards national issues is a good beginning and we will always cherish that.

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