American Airlines decides not to launch direct flights to occupied Cyprus
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
New York, Nov 17 (CNA) -- The American Airlines will not launch any direct flights to the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus.
The American Airlines' President sent a letter to Turkish Airlines' President, informing him that the American Airlines cannot perform direct flights to the occupied part of Cyprus due to economic reasons.
Members of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure headed by Congressmen Robert Menendez and Mario Diaz-Balart had warned the company not to go ahead with these flights.
Reports had suggested that the American Airlines were planning to launch as from January 2005 direct flights from New York to the illegal airport "Ercan" at Tymbou, situated in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, via Constatinople (Istanbul).
The Cyprus government has strongly protested to the US administration over plans for the start of direct flights to the occupied areas.
All ports and airports in the areas occupied by Turkish troops since 1974 have been declared illegal ports of entry by the internationally recognised government of the Republic of Cyprus.