Onur Air to sue over flight ban

8th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Turkish airline Onur Air will "definitely" lodge a damages claim against the aviation inspectorates of four European countries, including the Netherlands, a company lawyer said on Wednesday.

8 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Turkish airline Onur Air will "definitely" lodge a damages claim against the aviation inspectorates of four European countries, including the Netherlands, a company lawyer said on Wednesday.

The Dutch inspectorate IVW imposed a ban on Onur Air on 12 May after a series of safety incidents. Germany, France and Switzerland quickly followed suit.

However, two weeks later the ban was lifted based on safety undertakings by the airline and a plan of action drawn up by the Turkish aviation authority.

Onur Air has always protested against the flight ban, stressing that its planes are safe and there was no reason to keep them on the ground.

The airline threatened to claim for damages and the company's lawyers recently decided to actually submit that claim. They claim Onur Air incurred EUR 30 million in damages.

In addition, the lawyer also said the airline's reputation was damaged by the ban.
It means the IVW can also expect an additional damages claim of between EUR 15 to 20 million.

The Onur Air lawyer has already lodged an official protest with the IVW and a hearing will be held at the authority's headquarters in Hoofddorp on Wednesday 15 June.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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