Turkey restricts Israel's 'dangerous' air cargo because of Gaza blockade

2012 03 01

TURKEY has imposed restrictions on the use of its airspace by Israeli cargo planes carrying "dangerous materials" which include flammable perfumes and batteries, reports the Israeli daily Haaretz.

Henceforth, Turkey requires 10 days notification about such flights to review whether approval will be granted. This is expected to cause substantial financial damage, as most Israeli flights, and to the Far East that use Turkish airspace, are now being forced to use longer routes.

El Al and CAL Cargo Air Lines flights will be affected and most cargo flights in and out of Israel will be subject to new restrictions as any flight carrying such cargo, require special storage, are classed as "dangerous".

El Al and CAL have already contacted the Israeli Civil Aviation Administration, and have asked authorities to respond to the Turkish move with reciprocal measures on Turkish flights.

Turkey has downgraded its diplomatic relations and suspended military ties with Israel after the killing of eight Turks and a Turkish-American on an ship trying to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza in May 2010.

Ankara says ties will not return to normal unless Israel formally apologises for the killings, compensates the families and lifts the blockade on Gaza.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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