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UK assesses London-Ercan direct lights application

Source: Londra Toplum Postasi  
09 December 2006

The British government is currently assessing an application made by Cyprus Turkish Airlines (CTA) for direct flights from UK airports to Ercan, Northern Cyprus, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Transport.

The British government is currently assessing an application made by Cyprus Turkish Airlines (CTA) for direct flights from UK airports to Ercan, Northern Cyprus, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Transport.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Transport confirmed to Toplum Postası reporters that the ministry had recently received an official application from CTA and the government is considering it at present. “The British government will decide soon,” said the official. Meanwhile, another spokesman from the British Civil Aviation Authority informed Toplum Postası that following recent changes in rules and regulations within the EU any decision about direct flights will be made with the EU aviation authority. The spokesperson added that since 1992 depending upon customary technical, security, and health and safety requirements, any official airline company registered within the EU can fly in theory anywhere they want within the EU.

However, the spokesperson added that a decision made by the British government would likely be a political and legal decision, as neither Cyprus Turkish Airlines nor Ercan are within the EU. CTA is an Istanbul registered company. To encourage a positive decision on the part of the government, eight Lords have written a letter to the Daily Telegraph Editor asking for the government to look positively at direct flights from the UK to Northern Cyprus.

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