No flights yet
Mr Atakan dismissed claims of “planned schedules flights being started on May 28”.
“This is completely incorrect. There is intensive work with the EU, airline companies, international transporters, health and transportation authorities. There are differing views. For example, one view is the need to leave one empty seat between passengers. But airlines have opposed this saying it is unworkable both economically and for health. Prior to flights, the methods of measures at airports need to be determined,” he said.
He said it is “not possible to ask for passengers to wait for six-seven hours at the airport until their Covid-19 test result is determined. No airline will accept this,” he said.
“We want everyone to know that we have to consider the threat of a second wave of this pandemic when taking decisions,” he said. “Up until now, all measures have been taken timely. We are living in unprecedented times. When there is an unprecedented situation, that requres unprecedentyed decisions to be made. This unfortunately creates victims.”
Pegasus Airlines TRNC manager, Zeki Ziya, called on expats via Cyprus Today “not to believe” gossip ‘flying around’ on the internet that flights between the UK and North Cyprus would resume anytime soon.
Asked to comment on gossip that tariff flights would resume between the UK and North Cyprus, Mr Ziya said: “This requires a government decision that will be taken together with Turkey. No such decision or plan is in the pipeline at present. I would be the first person to be notified of such a plan. I ask for our expat residents not to believe everything flying around on the internet.”
Mr Ziya said that there were plans to start domestic flights in Turkey, but that this would not include the TRNC which is an international destination for Turkey.
Mr Ziya added: “According to the latest analysis from the International Air Travel Association (IATA), the Covid-19 crisis will see global airline passenger revenues drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55 percent decrease compared to 2019. This is devastating. We are unable to do any planning for North Cyprus based flights until the Governments tell us their plans for the future,” he said.