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CTA wrote to the British Aviation Authority calling it to review its decision on direct flights

Source: BRT  
15 April 2007

The Cyprus Turkish Airlines has asked the British Aviation Authority to review its decision on the CTA’s application for direct flights between the UK and the TRNC.

The CTA said the Airlines would start legal action if the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation again rejected its request.

The Director of the CTA Ahmet Derya paid a visit to the Minister of Public Works and Transportation Salih Usar yesterday.

Responding to a reporter’s question on direct flight, Mr Derya said the CTA sent a letter to the UK Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation asking it to review its decision on the issue.

He said that in the letter, the Airlines noted that it would take the issue to Court if the CTA’s application for direct flights between Britain and Ercan was again rejected.

For his part, Mr Usar said his Ministry, the TRNC Presidency and the CTA have been acting together to open the way for direct flights.

Pointing out that the CTA’s application had been rejected just for political reasons, the Minister said it would be wrong to let the Greek Cypriot Administration determine the fate of the Turkish Cypriot people.

Noting that the economic reasons behind the CTA’s desire to launch direct flights between the two countries were being explained to the authorities concerned, he reminded that the removal of the conditions which create unjust competition was one of the principles of the European Union.

He noted that indirect flights between the UK and Ercan were increasing the distance between the UK and Ercan, and thus the cost of flights creating unfair competition for the CTA.

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