Flight operations must not suffer from political interference – Homeland Security Today

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to maintain the critical separation between policy and aviation safety issues.

The call follows the latest development of events after the incident when Ryanair FR4978 was intercepted over Belarusian airspace and forced to land in Minsk. On June 2, EASA replaced its recommendation (Safety Information Bulletin) that European airlines carefully assess the risk of flying in Belarusian airspace with a general ban (safety directive) on airplanes Europeans entering Belarusian airspace.

“Aviation safety should never be politicized. IATA condemned the actions of the Belarusian government and called for an independent investigation. Banning European planes from using Belarusian airspace with a security directive is also a politicization of aviation security. It is a retrograde and disappointing development. EASA should reverse its ban and allow airlines to manage safety as they do every day, with their normal operational risk assessments.

“Two fakes don’t make one real. Politics should never interfere with the safe operation of aircraft and politicians should never use aviation safety as a cover to pursue political or diplomatic agendas,” said Willie Walsh, director General of IATA.

On May 23, Ryanair flight FR4978, while flying over Belarus en route from Athens to its final destination, Vilnius, was hijacked and landed in Minsk by Belarusian authorities.

Immediately after the incident, EASA issued a safety newsletter advising airlines to avoid operations in Belarusian airspace. This did not prohibit European planes from using airspace, but required any airline that continued to do so to ensure that the safety of the aircraft, passengers and crew was not threatened. . IATA supported this measure as a proportionate response to the actions of the Belarusian government.

Several airlines continued to use Belarusian airspace. IATA supports their decision to do so.

On May 27, the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization decided to undertake a fact-finding investigation into the incident in Belarus, which IATA fully supports.

On June 2, after consultation with EASA member states and the European Commission, EASA issued a safety directive that effectively prohibits airlines from using Belarusian airspace.

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