Lebanese public works and transport minister, Ghazi Zeaiter has said he was surprised by the European Union’s warning that it would ban Lebanese carriers from flying over Europe if the government does not appoint the committee which oversees aviation safety, The Daily Star has reported. Angelina Eichhorst, head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon said she had met with Zeaiter to press for urgent measures ensuring the regulated oversight of civil aviation in Lebanon. “Lebanese airlines are currently facing the possibility of a complete ban from operating within EU territorial airspace,” she said in a statement to the media. “This follows a significant delay in addressing safety concerns raised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation in December 2012. The EU Air Safety Committee has identified as the root cause of concern the overdue implementation of Lebanese Civil Aviation Law Nr 481/2002,” the statement read.
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