AviationThousands of passengers have been left stranded in UK.

Airline banned from flying to Europe pending safety checks

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On its website, Turkmenistan Airlines says its fleet consists of modern Boeing (717,737,757 and 777) aircraft.
On its website, Turkmenistan Airlines says its fleet consists of modern Boeing (717,737,757 and 777) aircraft.

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority said flights from Birmingham and London's Heathrow to Amritsar, and Heathrow to New Delhi - which fly via Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - had been suspended.

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded after air regulators in the UK grounded Turkmenistan Airlines for safety reasons.

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority said flights from Birmingham and London's Heathrow to Amritsar, and Heathrow to New Delhi - which fly via Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - had been suspended.

The CAA acted after the European Aviation Safety Agency suspended permission for it to fly in the EU. It also flies from Frankfurt and Paris.

The airline also has services to Bangkok, Dubai and Beijing.

Set up in 1992 by the former Soviet Union state, its route to Amritsar is popular with the British Punjabi population.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the European Aviation Safety Agency had suspended the airline's flights to and from the EU "pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards".

"This means that Turkmenistan Airlines flights between the UK (London Heathrow and Birmingham) and Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), do not have permission to travel to and from the UK," the FCO said.


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