The European Union has decided to continue its ban on Libyan airlines until they are up to European safety standards.
Libyan Airlines was optimistic earlier this year that the ban would be lifted by summer, but standards need to be raised further.
Libya Herald quotes a statement from the European Commission as saying:
"Progress was noted, but the Libyan civil aviation authorities agreed to maintain the voluntary restrictions applicable to all airlines licensed in Libya.
"This voluntary restriction excludes Libyan airlines from flying into the EU until when they will be fully recertified in accordance with international safety standards.”
The EU said there was progress shown in many airlines across Africa. Libya is among 15 countries who have most, if not all, airlines banned from flying over Europe including Sudan, Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia.
(Source: Libya Herald)