Thursday, February 07, 2019

Thousands stranded in Asia as EU flights grounded in safety probe

Thousands of UK passengers are thought to be stranded after a major budget airline running flights to and from Asia was forced to suspend EU operations.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has grounded Turkmenistan Airlines flights, including one from India to Birmingham Airport, over suspected safety issues.

Up to 5,000 British passengers are in India with bookings to fly home on the airline, The Independent has reported.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has advised those passengers to seek alternative flights.

According to a spokesman for the Foreign Office, all flights were suspended as of, February 4, "pending confirmation that it (the airline) meets international air safety standards".

A message on the Home Office's website reads: "The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Turkmenistan Airlines flights to and from the EU pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards; this means that Turkmenistan Airlines flights between the UK (London Heathrow and Birmingham) and Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), do not have permission to travel to and from the UK; affected passengers are advised to contact Turkmenistan Airlines to seek advice."
A CAA spokesman told Birmingham Live: "Following the decision on February 4, 2018, by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspend permission for Turkmenistan Airlines to operate services to the European Union, Turkmenistan Airline flights from Birmingham and Heathrow to Amritsar, and Heathrow to New Delhi – which fly via Ashgabat – are suspended with immediate effect.
07/02/19 Derbyshire Live

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