EU suspends Turkmenistan Airlines from UK

6 Feb 2019 by Business Traveller India
EU suspends Turkmenistan Airlines from UK

The UK government has banned Turkmenistan Airlines from landing at its airports, over air safety issues. The announcement was made after the European Aviation Safety Agency stated that it “has suspended Turkmenistan Airlines flights to and from the EU pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standard.”

Following this, Turkmenistan Airlines’ flights from Birmingham and London’s Heathrow to Amritsar, and Heathrow to New Delhi, via Ashgabat will be affected.  This is the commonly used budget route between India and UK and widely preferred by the British Punjabi population.

The flag carrier of Turkmenistan also flies from Frankfurt and Paris.

UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has asked passengers who are yet to reach the UK to make their own travel arrangements.

The CAA has listed a few alternate flights, including Air India, British Airways, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Turkish Airlines.

Until the Brexit deadline next month, the UK remains an EU member and therefore all EU rules will be applicable to it as well.

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