Transport written question – answered on 13th June 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Opposition Whip (Commons), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list airlines which have been banned from travelling inside UK airspace.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Any airline from outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland which wishes to pick up or put down passengers or cargo in the UK requires a permit from the Secretary of State for Transport.

Currently the Secretary of State is refusing or wouldrefuse to issue permits to aircraft operated by the airlines listed below because of evidence that they are not receiving adequate regulatory oversight from their national aviation authorities:

any airline from Equatorial Guinea any airline from Liberia any airline from Tajikistan any airline from Sierra Leone any airline from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Air Mauritanie (Mauritania) any airline from Swaziland.

In addition, the Secretary of State has suspended the permit of Phuket Airlines (Thailand) because of operational safety concerns.

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