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Trabzonspor squad are seen training before Apollon Limassol match. AA photo

Trabzonspor squad are seen training before Apollon Limassol match. AA photo

The plane carrying the Trabzonspor squad has taken an unusual route to reach the Greek Cypriot city of Limassol. Instead of traveling to Larnaca Airport via the Greek island of Rhodes, the plane changed its route to go directly to Larnaca Airport after taking off from Trabzon.

Trabzonspor takes on Greek Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in its first game in the Europa League today, kicking off at 10:05 p.m.

The Greece-based Astra Airlines plane took off from Trabzon Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 18. After the take-off, the pilot announced that the route had been changed and that they would be flying directly to Larnaca.

If the route had not changed, the Black Sea Storm would have had to take a long route to Limassol, from Trabzon to the Greek island of Rhodes, then on to Larnaca Airport, and then on to Limassol by bus.

The long route would have had to be taken due to diplomatic problems between the two countries. There are currently no direct flights from Turkey to Greek Cyprus, while passage from the Turkish Cypriot half of the island to the Greek half is also not permitted for Turkish citizens.

No change in Turkey’s Greek Cyprus policy

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Levent Gümrükçü made clear on Sept. 19 that the direct flight to Larnaca from Trabzon was not at all a sign of any change in Turkey’s policy regarding its position concerning Greek Cyprus. The incident would not lead to a new de facto situation either, he added.

“It is not possible for a plane which takes off from Turkey to directly land in the Greek side of Southern Cyprus, permission is not being given for such direct flights by Directorate General of Civil Aviation,” Gümrükçü said at a press conference, adding that the plane, which belongs to a private Greek airlines company and took off from Trabzon, received permission from the related authorities by notifying that it would make a stopover on the island of Rhodes.

“From our side, there is no change in our rules that are in force,” he said. “As of today, it isn’t creating any new situation in regards to Turkey’s relations with the Greek side of Southern Cyprus or its current stance in other fields including aviation,” he added, while underlining that it was understood that the incident took place upon the pilot’s initiative.

September/19/2013

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Mark Mark

9/20/2013 6:26:20 PM

@Baris - one step at a time but we will get there...

George Atteshli

9/20/2013 11:12:00 AM

Erkin Sali: Whatever happened to you is deplorable, but you have to recognise that the GCs were also dealt similar fates in the hands of the Turks in 1974.

Çılgın Kanarya

9/20/2013 12:32:53 AM

I am genuinely sad and upset to hear of Erkin Salih's experiences at the hands of Greek Cypriots in 1968, but after reading his 2nd message, I can't help wondering why ANY of my own posts get censored on here! Mine are very timid and innocuous in comparison. The inconsistency of the HDN editors on this issue is quite striking.

Erkin Salih

9/19/2013 10:37:06 PM

Mark Mark The RoC can take that Olive Branch and stick into their backside where the sun don't shine, Come and ask me about the brutality of the Greek Cypriots who are responsible for wiping out half of my family at a point blank range in Episkopi 1968 when they burst into my home at 9 in the evening took out every male from 15+ from the house and shot them for no reason. 4 Dead,so they can take that OLIVE BRANCH and stick it into their wives.

Erkin Salih

9/19/2013 10:30:33 PM

lot of crap for nothing, the flight was not a direct flight, the flight left Trabzon flew to Rhodes but instead of landing at Rhodes and taking off again for Larnaca, The Greek ATC allowed the flight to continue over Rhodes to Larnaca, it is what is known as Touch and Go. Some times ATC will allow that to happen if it is a tech stop, and since the operator of the flight was Greek mainland Rhodes ATC just did them a favor and cleared the route. This has noting to do with Turkey or RoC.

Sid Mark

9/19/2013 8:20:21 PM

@Mark Mark.Your perseption is based on wrong info.The RoC recognises the Turkish state. Turkey does't recognise the RoC.

Baris

9/19/2013 8:07:58 PM

So, Mark Mark, now that you've established Tr recognises ROC, no doubt it'll open it's embassy there tomorrow and start sending it's ships to Tr. I also expect ROC to lift it's veto on the 6 acquis chapters, which were blocked because of non implementation of the Ankara protocol, which clearly isn't the case anymore. Good! Cyp problem fixed by a football match. Except, of course, none of that will be happening. Tr still doesn't recognise ROC and Tr was the one which allowed the flight.

Mark Mark

9/19/2013 5:48:28 PM

By allowing a direct flight from Turkey, the RoC has offered an Olive branch directly to Turkey, the fact that Turkey took this branch would indicate its recognition of the RoC. The fact that its football teams play against teams of the RoC is equally recognition by Turkey of the RoC.

Baris

9/19/2013 5:04:43 PM

I'd normally support any Turkish team against a foreign team but in this case I am neutral, on account of the racist tendencies of Trabzonspor management and supporters. @Mark Mark, it is Turkey which doesn't recognise ROC and shuts its ports to ROC, not the other way around. It therefore follows that if a direct flight to ROC takes place, it's because Turkey has allowed it. Do you have any evidence to the contrary? Question is, will Apollon be allowed direct flights to Trabzon? I hope so.

Ata Dizdar

9/19/2013 3:49:46 PM

Best of luck to Apollon against Trabzonspor. Hopefully they'll repeat the triumph of Anothosis Famagusta. Can't think of a better team to go down in Cyprus (south of the green line).
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