Armenia Denies Plans to Operate Flights to Illegally Occupied Crimea
Russian media reported that occupation authorities announced the flights between Yerevan and Simferopol
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The Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia has refuted statements made by the occupation authorities of Crimea about the alleged launch of Simferopol – Yerevan flights in 2020.
“The Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia did not receive a request for Yerevan – Simferopol (Crimea) flight operation,” the statement reads, PanARMENIAN.net reports.
According to Crimea.Realities portal, a number of Russian and Armenian media earlier announced the launch of Yerevan – Simferopol regular flights in 2020. Media reports said that Icarus airlines planned to operate flights on Yerevan-Simferopol route and had received the approval of the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation for seven flights a week.
International flights to and from Crimea have not been operated since the peninsula was occupied by Russia in March 2014.
The European Organisztion for the Safety of Air Navigation banned flights to Crimea, in particular, to the airports of Simferopol and Sevastopol. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) officially declared that airspace over Crimea belongs to Ukraine, confirming that only Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise should exercise control over safety and security at this site.