Onur Air abandons legal action
18 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Turkish airline Onur Air has abandoned legal action against the Dutch State after the imposition of a flight ban by traffic safety authority IVW.
18 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — Turkish airline Onur Air has abandoned legal action against the Dutch State after the imposition of a flight ban by traffic safety authority IVW.
However, Onur Air has asked the Netherlands reduce the duration of the flight ban, a request the Dutch Air Traffic Inspectorate summarily rejected.
Onur Air was hit with the Dutch landing ban last Thursday following a series of safety incidents, including a recent incident with an Airbus.
Turkish and Dutch traffic safety authorities were due to discuss the issue on Wednesday in Istanbul, where inspectors will examine all technical safety aspects of the Turkish airline.
German traffic safety officials also arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday.
An IVW spokesman said the Dutch inspectors will return to the Netherlands on Friday, at which point a decision can be made whether to reduce the length of the flight ban.
The inspections were agreed during a 12-hour meeting between the IVW and Turkish aviation authorities in the Netherlands on Monday night.
Turkey claims that Onur Air planes are safe, but the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France have all imposed bans on the controversial airline.
Austria and Britain have refused to ban the airline, but are maintaining close supervision. Belgian airports are also accepting redirected Onur Air flights.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news