EU bans Iranian airline from flying in Europe

By REUTERS
December 8, 2016 13:12

BRUSSELS - The European Union has banned Iran's Aseman Airlines from operating within the EU due to safety concerns, in a blow to Tehran which is buying new jets to renew the country's aging fleet following the lifting of long-term sanctions.

Aseman Airlines was added to the EU's air safety list of airlines which do not meet international safety standards, the European Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

The privately owned regional carrier is Iran's third largest by active fleet size, according to the CAPA consultancy. It was previously owned by Iran's civil service pension foundation.


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