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AeroSvit airline cancels flights btw Warsaw, Kiev from Jan 11 thru Mar 31

January 10, 2013, 23:19 UTC+3

“In line with the accepted procedure, the airline sent a special telegram on its decision,” Przybylski said

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WARSAW, January 10 (Itar-Tass) – Ukrainian airline AeroSvit, which is plagued by financial problems, has cancelled all the flights between Kiev and Warsaw from January 11 through to March 31, the press secretary of Warsaw’s Chopin International Airport, Przemyslaw Przybylski told Itar-Tass.

“In line with the accepted procedure, the airline sent a special telegram on its decision,” Przybylski said.

In the meantime, an AeroSvit jet that was detained by airport authorities last week because of the airline’s debts, is still kept at the airport’s parking apron.

After the airline paid off its debt Monday, officials at the airport authorized the departure of the jet but the Polish Air Navigation Agency did not agree to this.

“The jet is still here and I think it’ll be given an opportunity to take off only after the problems with the air navigation agency are settled, but it won’t have any passengers aboard,” Przybylski said. “It’s rather difficult to say something definite at the moment.”

The agency has ordered the detention of the airliner in Warsaw due to AeroSvit’s unpaid bill for navigation. Its spokesman Grzegorz Hlebowicz said this was a pan-European action undertaken by Eurocontrol -- an organization ensuring the safety of air navigation in the skies of Europe.

“In line with the effective agreement, Britain, Germany and Poland have been asked to withhold air controller services to the debtor airline, and jets cannot take off without air controllers’ assistance”.

“Although the debt hasn’t been paid off in full yet, the airliner hasn’t been arrested and the owners can use it, but the takeoff is impossible without the air controllers’ assistance,” Hlebowicz said.

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