Transport Minister of Turkey stated that Russia didn’t issue visas to the crews of Pegasus Airlines, by that violated international aviation standards. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the accusals “motiveless”.
Transport Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim on Wednesday, 6th of January, accused Russia of refusing to issue visas to the crews of the Pegasus Airlines. He called Moscow’s actions as an outrage and a violation of international aviation standards. The minister said that Turkey would use diplomatic ties and than Russia will be obligated to respect an international law in the field of civil aviation.
It was reported that due to visa problems which had the crew members, a low coster Pegasus Airlines until 13th of January canceled flights to Russia. Moreover, similar problems had the Turkish airline Onur Air, which canceled flights to Russia until 14th of January. The companies have assured that passengers who bought tickets for canceled flights, will get a compensation. At the same time the largest turkish company Turkish Airlines continues to carry out flights. Carrier explained that the company’s crew members received the Russian visa in advance.
The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the Pegasus applied for visas to the Russian General Consulate in Istanbul for crew members only on 6th of January in the afternoon, and the airline Onur Air, which suspended flights to Russia until 14th of January, haven’t applied for visa.
Russia canceled the visa-free regime with Turkey on 1st of January as sanctions imposed on Ankara after the Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military aircraft near the Turkish-Syrian border.