Georgian Airways to sue Russia for flight ban

Georgian Airways is preparing a lawsuit to the European Court against the Ministry of Transport of Russia in connection with the prohibition of direct flights from Russia, which caused financial damage and violated consumer rights. This is stated in a statement released on Tuesday by Roman Bokeria, CEO, Georgian Airways, according to TASS.

In particular, the statement said, “Georgian Airways is going to file a lawsuit to the European Court against the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation in the amount of US $ 25 million for an unjustified ban on flights to Russia. The formal reason for the ban was the claim of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation that allegedly Georgian Airways owed US $ 800 thousand to Russian air navigation. The second reason was that the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation allegedly was not satisfied with the Georgian Airways aviation security program. Firstly, Georgian Airways declares with responsibility that it does not have a single cent of debt to the Russian air navigation service. Despite the fact that it pays three times more for air navigation fees than Russian airlines do”.

In his statement, Mr. Boqueria also claims that Georgian Airways has been operating on the civil aviation market for 27 years and has not encountered flight safety problems in any country. “The airline operates its regular flights to almost all European countries and is a member of IATA (International Air Transport Association). The air company also regularly undergoes IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit). Accordingly, there have never been any complaints from the European countries about the Georgian Airways flight safety system,” he concluded.

Source – https://www.aex.ru/

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