Turkey has abruptly shut its airspace to low-cost provider FlyOne Armenia with none superior discover. The airline criticized the choice as being “with none obvious trigger.”
FlyOne Armenia clearance revoked
The Armenian airline – which serves a dozen locations throughout Europe and the Center East out of its base at Zvartnots Worldwide Airport (EVN) in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia – stated its permission to fly by Turkish airspace was canceled with out discover.
As reported by Reuters, Aram Ananyan, Chairman of the Board of Administrators at FlyOne Armenia, commented,
“For causes incomprehensible to us and with none seen grounds, Turkish aviation authorities canceled the permission beforehand granted to the FlyOne Armenia airline to function flights to Europe by Turkish airspace.”
There have been no official bulletins from Turkish authorities on this matter, so it’s unclear what precisely provoked the transfer. Turkey and Armenia haven’t held formal diplomatic ties for round 30 years, regardless of a 2009 protocol – later revoked – making an attempt to normalize relations between the 2 nations.
The state of affairs comes at a foul time for FlyOne Armenia amid a interval of growth. The airline has not too long ago launched flights to Düsseldorf, Tehran, Novosibirsk and Samara, and restored its service to Beirut – it additionally has its eye on launching flights to India, which wouldn’t be immediately impacted by Turkish airspace closure.
Lots of FlyOne Armenia’s routes will probably be impacted by this resolution, notably its flights to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Worldwide Airport (TLV) and Beirut-Rafic Hariri Worldwide Airport (BEY), and naturally to Istanbul Airport (IST) and Antalya Airport (AYT).
“Turkish aviation authorities carried out the cancellation with out prior notification, placing our airline and our passengers in an uncomfortable state of affairs.”
The airline has since canceled flights on affected routes and can contact prospects to maintain them up to date. Relying on how progress restoring its Turkish airspace permission goes, the provider may have some tough community choices to make.
About FlyOne Armenia
FlyOne Armenia is one in every of Europe’s latest carriers having launched operations in December 2021. The LCC – a subsidiary of Moldovan airline FlyOne – presently operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising 5 A319 and A320 plane.
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Guardian airline FlyOne started flying in 2016 and pumped round $60 million into its Armenian subsidiary. It additionally plans to determine itself in Romania with one other subsidiary, FlyOne Romania, which presently operates with only a single Airbus A320.
It plans to develop significantly throughout the subsequent few years, which may see it double its present passenger figures and community measurement. Chairman Ananyan has promised “a major improve of our fleet and growth of geography” is on the playing cards.
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