The airline disaster at Sharm el-Sheikh, where a Boeing 737 belonging to the company Flash Airlines crashed into the Red Sea killing 148 people, underlines the urgent need to address the issue of aviation safety.
On 9 October 2003, in its vote at second reading on the safety of third countries aircraft using community airports, the European Parliament called for rapid implementation of the directive, whereas the Council favoured a later entry into force. The crash of the Flash Airlines plane shows that we cannot and must not wait any longer.
We must act as swiftly as possible, as we did a few months ago with the legislation concerning single-hull tankers. A blacklist of "floating dustbins" has now been drawn up. We must do the same for "flying dustbins" and ensure that the information relating to airline companies that fail to respect safety conditions is made public.
In the light of the above, what measures will the European Commission take to prevent other disasters of this type in the future?