Monday, February 27, 2012

Breaking; Turkey restricts use of air space by Israeli cargo planes

by Carl in Jerusalem

Monday, February 27, 2012

Until now, Turkey only refused to allow Israeli military aircraft to use its airspace. Now, it's been extended to cargo planes (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Turkey has begun banning Israeli flights carrying “dangerous materials” from using its airspace, Haaretz learned on Sunday.

The ban effects El Al and CAL cargo flights carrying materials designated as “dangerous.” This designation includes most of the cargo flights in and out of Israel, as it doesn’t include only explosives, but also any flight carrying batteries and even perfume, which are flammable and require special storage procedures.

From now on, Turkey is requiring that it be notified about flights of this type at least 10 days in advance, so that they may review whether or not to approve them.

The new move is causing substantial financial damage to Israeli airlines, as most Israeli flights, and all those flying to the Far East, regularly use Turkish airspace, and are now being forced to use longer flight routes that circumvent Turkey.

The two companies have contacted the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel, demanding Israel reciprocate with comparable restrictions on Turkish flights, which currently use Israeli airspace freely.

An industry executive told Haaretz that this was “a very serious move by Turkey, which must be met by an immediate response from the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel.”
I agree - reciprocal measures against the Turks (as far as I know, we have not taken any) are long since overdue. But at the end of the day, it's just money. The whole reason we are flying over Turkey in the first place is because we cannot fly over the Arab countries to our east. We overcame that restriction and we will overcome this one.

What could go wrong?
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 11:36 AM