EU blacklists 2 Ghanaian airlines

2010-09-02 14:46

Brussels - The European Union says it has added two Ghanaian-registered cargo companies to its list of airlines whose aircraft are barred from flying to Europe.

One is Meridian Airways, which operates five Douglas DC-8s from Belgium's Ostende-Brugge Airport. The EU statement on Thursday says Meridian was listed "as a consequence of a series of very poor results from inspections".

Another freight operator, Airlift International, will be allowed to use only one of its fleet of five DC-8 aircraft on flights to Europe.

The EU's list includes 278 banned airlines from 17 countries - mostly small carriers from Africa and Asia. The list was established in 2006 and is updated regularly.