Dogeli: Turkey will close airports for Russian airlines with American aircraft

Marina Grigorenko17:54, 02/01/23

The largest Turkish operator of ground handling of flights Havaş refused to serve the aircraft of carriers from Russia that fell under US export sanctions.

Turkey is preparing to close its airports to Russian airlines flying “sub-sanctioned” American-made aircraft .

According to  Aviatorschina , the largest Turkish ground handling operator for flights Havaş said that it could completely stop working with airliners of carriers from Russia that fell under US export sanctions, which provide for a ban on refueling, maintenance and repair of such aircraft abroad – in total, 170 were at risk aircraft.

As a result, Havaş has advised Russian airlines to only plan flights to Turkey with aircraft containing less than 25% US-made parts, as these are the only aircraft it is allowed to operate.

It is noted that a corresponding letter from Havaş was received by some Russian airlines at the end of December 2022. It says that the Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce sent letters of warning to companies in the Turkish aviation industry that servicing American aircraft of Russian and Belarusian airlines that fell under US export restrictions is a violation of the Export Control Rules. 

"Letter of happiness" to Russian airlines / photo
“Letter of happiness” to Russian airlines / photo

As a result, Havaş decided to conduct due diligence to identify the risks and implications for its business and stakeholders. 

“As a result of this, we may not be able to serve some or all of your flights,” the Turkish operator warned Russian airlines. He asked them to provide a list of aircraft containing less than 25% American-made parts. 

Note that literally on January 26, The Wall Street Journal reported that in December last year, high-ranking US officials threatened Turkish individuals with imprisonment, fines, and loss of export privileges if they provided refueling services and the provision of spare parts for American-made aircraft flying from Turkey. to Russia and Belarus and back in violation of export controls introduced last spring.

As UNIAN reported, back in the summer of 2022, Bloomberg warned that Russian airlines could “hide” in Turkey due to sanctions . Such a decision would allow them to bypass the imposed bans and serve aircraft.

(C)UNIAN 2023

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