The Russian delegation is due to arrive in Turkey in the coming days to solve the problem of “closed skies” for 500 Russian aircraft with dual registration. Recall that since November 1, “friendly” Turkey has banned the passage through its airspace for Russian aircraft with dual registration (that is, registered in two jurisdictions). As a result, liners flying to Egypt have to fly around Turkey, which lengthens the flight by about 30 minutes. How the problem will be solved is still unknown. However, Turkish experts are already telling foreign media that “the delegation from Russia will not be able to lift the ban.”
In total, about 500 such aircraft were counted in Turkey. Interestingly, the closure was made after the Pegas tour operator announced an increase in flights to third countries, such as Egypt – now Nordwind liners will have to fly around Turkish airspace, which will add an extra half hour to flights to Egypt. Read more at this link.
At the same time, the Turkish division of the Deutsche Welle publication (in Russia, we recall, it is recognized as a foreign agent) states that only about 500 Russian passenger aircraft were “under attack”, and “the whole problem is caused by confusion in registration between Bermuda and Russia.” In the old days, airlines willingly registered aircraft in countries “providing financial convenience.” “Certificates of airworthiness, which according to the rules are mandatory for the participation of aircraft in international flights, are created by the country of registration,” added on the pages of the Turkish division of DW.
As a result, after the imposition of sanctions, Bermuda in March canceled its airworthiness certificates on the grounds that these aircraft could no longer pass inspections in accordance with the standards. Russia, in turn, began to unilaterally register aircraft in its own register, and a number of aircraft managed to be legally registered in this way. However, for 500 aircraft it turned out to be impossible, the newspaper writes.
As a result, Turkey “was forced to make a decision in accordance with the directives of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)”. “Although Turkey does not participate in Western sanctions against Russia, it is obliged to comply with the rules of international civil aviation. There is no double registration in aviation. Each aircraft can only be registered in one country, and the certificate of airworthiness can be issued by the country of registration. An aircraft without a certificate cannot be insured, and in these cases it can neither fly to your country nor pass over it,” Lale Kaplan, an expert in air law, wrote to the Turkish division of foreign media agent Lale Kaplan.
< p> As a matter of fact Turkey is afraid of consequences — experts add: «Article 18 of the International convention of civil aviation does not allow double registration, here in what a problem. If flights are allowed, all responsibility will be on Turkey in the event of an accident or other emergency,” they assure. Also on the pages of DW it is stated that it is “impossible” to deregister aircraft in Bermuda, so the Russian delegation will not achieve anything.
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