Aviation authority grounds Sudan Airways

23 June 2008
Sudan Airways has been grounded indefinitely on the orders of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The CAA’s ban on the national carrier operating domestic or international flights began on 23 June.

The reason given by the regulator for grounding Sudan Airways was administration issues, not the recent accident on 10 June when one of the company’s Airbus A310 aircraft burst into flames on landing at Khartoum airport, killing at least 30 passengers.

The CAA says that because it has been preoccupied with the accident, the airline has failed to undertake measures outlined by the regulator following an audit in May. As a result, the authority says the carrier does not meet international standards of financial reporting and transparency.

The airline has a month to appeal against the decision or complete the necessary improvements.

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