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Established in 2003. International, scheduled, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
BP 0449, Tri Postal
BENIN (REPUBLIC OF BENIN) COVERS AN AREA OF 112,622 KM. IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1960. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH AND THE POPULATION IS 6 MILLION. THE CAPITAL CITY IS PORTO-NOVO AND COTONOU.
June 2003: 2 727-2H9's (JAT) Yugoslav Airways wet-leased.
May 2004: West African Airlines (WSF) flies jet airplanes that connect all major points in West Africa and links several to Paris.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Bamako; Bangui; Banjul; Conakry; Cotonou; Dakar; Douala; Kinshasa; Lagos; Libreville; Lome; & Paris.
Also uses A310-304 (504, F-GEMO) for scheduled flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Eagle Aviation (EGZ) wet-leased when required.
June 2004: 2 727-2H9's (22393; 22665), returned to (JAT) and retired.
November 2004: (ICAO) Code: WSF.
March 2006: The European Union (EU) banned 92 airlines, most of them based in Africa, from landing at European airports, declaring them unsafe by international standards.
The ban applies to cargo and passenger carriers from Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Liberia judged to have an "inadequate system for regulatory oversight" or insufficient safety standards. It will be enforced by all 25 (EU) nations, plus Norway and Switzerland.
The flight ban applies to Transair Congo (TSG).
The flight ban also applies to Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG), North Korea's Air Koryo (KOY) and Thailand's Phuket Airlines. Two airlines each from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were listed as well.
Lesser restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Buraq Air from Libya, which will be able to operate flights if they use certain planes that have met safety requirements, the European Commission (EC) said.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) criticized the European Union (EU)'s publication of a list of airlines banned from operating to the (EU) "as damaging the African airlines business." According to (AFRAA), the blacklist "paints a negative picture of all scheduled flights from the continent." In a statement, (AFRAA) Secretary General Christian Kossi said that "no scheduled African airline member of (IATA) or (AFRAA) is included in the blacklist," yet it "sends the wrong message to the average European passenger that all African airlines are potentially dangerous, and it is safer to travel with European airlines." In effect, this amounts to an act of "misinformation and unfair competition," he stated. Kossi also said none of the banned airlines flies to (EU) nations and the bulk of them "exist only on paper and nobody knows them."
June 2009: The European Commission (EC) has updated its airline blacklist, which details the operators that are banned from serving any destination in the European Union (EU). Benin becomes the latest country to face a complete ban because of negative results of a recent (ICAO) audit.