Libyan carriers banned from European airspace

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FILE image of an Ak Bars Aero passenger plane, similar to the one which crashed upon landing in the Russian city of Kazan, en route from Moscow on Sunday. Picture: Flickr.com / Curimedia | P H O T O G R A P H Y

FILE image of an Ak Bars Aero passenger plane, similar to the one which crashed upon landing in the Russian city of Kazan, en route from Moscow on Sunday. Picture: Flickr.com / Curimedia | P H O T O G R A P H Y

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FILE image of an Ak Bars Aero passenger plane, similar to the one which crashed upon landing in the Russian city of Kazan, en route from Moscow on Sunday. Picture: Flickr.com / Curimedia | P H O T O G R A P H Y

FILE image of an Ak Bars Aero passenger plane, similar to the one which crashed upon landing in the Russian city of Kazan, en route from Moscow on Sunday. Picture: Flickr.com / Curimedia | P H O T O G R A P H Y

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Thursday banned all Libyan airlines from operating in its airspace, citing passenger safety concerns.

Recent events in Libya have led to a situation whereby the Civil Aviation Authority is no longer able to fulfil its international obligations with regard to the safety of the Libyan aviation sector. 

Said EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

For months, forces loyal to Libya&39;s internationally recognized government have been fighting Islamic forces who are supporting a rival administration in Tripoli, prompting fears of a widespread conflict.

The country has been added to 20 others that are already on the EU&39;s air safety blacklist, including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and several African countries. Overall, 310 airlines are banned from European skies, the European Commission said.