Paris grounds Jordanian charter flightover safety fears

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 15 (AFP) - A group of passengers, stranded at Paris' main airport this weekend after French authorities grounded a flight by a Jordanian charter airline for security reasons, were likely to leave for Ivory Coast by Monday night, an airport spokesman said.

PARIS, Aug 15 (AFP) - A group of passengers, stranded at Paris' main airport this weekend after French authorities grounded a flight by a Jordanian charter airline for security reasons, were likely to leave for Ivory Coast by Monday night, an airport spokesman said.  

A representative of the charter airline Jordan Aviation, banned by French officials Friday from flying to and from France after authorities found serious security lapses, told passengers that a solution would be found so they could leave for Abidjan by late Monday, the spokesman for Charles de Gaulle airport said.   

Most of the 150 passengers were accommodated at an airport hotel paid by airport operator Aeroport de Paris.  

The airport authority had said earlier it was trying to find a substitute flight as quickly as possible.  

The French civil aviation authority said in a statement Friday security checks by the French and Italian authorities on aircraft belonging to Jordan Aviation during stops on European territory had "brought to light serious security lapses."   

"These checks led the French and Italian authorities to ban flights in and out of France as from today."  

In Amman, the head of the airline Mohammad Khashaman on Friday strongly denied the security claims, saying it all came down to a problem with paperwork.  

"This has nothing to do with security," Khashaman told AFP. He said the problem was linked to "operation documents" requested by the Italian civil aviation authorities, which he said is denying Jordan Aviation landing rights in Italy.

 

© AFP

 

Subject: French news

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