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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

“The statement about flying foreigners over Crimea is a provocation “

Moscow and Kiev, paradoxically, in a similar way reacted over the statement of the European Agency for aviation safety (EASA) that foreign airlines can fly over the Crimea. It turned out that EASA has no relationship to the air traffic services over the Black sea. Why make such a strange statement?

On the eve of the European Agency for aviation safety (EASA) has disseminated information to foreign carriers, according to which the flights above Crimea may be renewed, wrote the WSJ. Risks, allegedly associated with the return of the Crimea to the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation, for air travel declined. Airlines can consider flying in airspace in the Simferopol area. But in EASA demanded that the flights were Ukrainian air traffic controllers. That is exactly Kiev should get paid for the flights of Europeans on Russian territory.

“EASA has been systematically misinformed by the airlines of the EU countries about the situation with the organization of air traffic in the flight information region of Simferopol”

However, such a statement was nothing more than a political provocation. After the March 2014 referendum result Crimea returned to Russia, air traffic control in the Crimea in full transferred to Simferopol flight control center.

The Federal air transport Agency on Friday said that EASA has no right to give approval for the flights. “The European Agency for safety has nothing to do with the air traffic services over the Black sea. So their statement is totally politicized, the more it is not consistent with the decisions of the International civil aviation organization (ICAO), which established a special task force, which is due to meet in March for its first meeting”, – explained the situation the head of Federal air transport Agency Alexander Neradko on Friday on the sidelines of the Krasnoyarsk economic forum.

According to him, in the group invited to participate the riparian countries of the black sea basin that are affected by this problem. European Agency for safety it does not apply. According to Neradko, in October last year EASA “systematically misinformed by the aviation authorities and airlines of the EU countries about the situation with the organization of air traffic in the flight information region of Simferopol (Simferopol FIR)”. Yesterday’s statement by EASA that flights over the Crimea, will control the Ukrainian dispatchers, clear evidence of this.

“The Russian side has not agreed on the application of EASA and has no plans to transfer the management of air traffic in FIR Simferopol Ukrainian dispatchers,” he assured the Federal air transport Agency.

An indication of EASA “does not reflect the real technical capability of the Ukrainian dispatch centres and poses a threat to flight safety in the region. Politicized decisions should not replace the principles of safety”, according to the Russian Agency.


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