A press release issued by the Flight Safety Foundation SE Europe-Middle East – Cyprus based in Larnaca, stated that Ercan is not an internationally recognized airport and therefore it is unknown whether it fulfills the necessary provisions of international regulations and safety standards.
An increasing amount of Greek Cypriots are using the airport and the Foundation warns and states that passengers may be at serious risk since Ercan is not supervised by any responsible international body like International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and EUROCONTROL.
“It is therefore obvious that, as the illegal pseudostate in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus is not recognized internationally, the airport and Control Center of the illegal airport are not supervised by any responsible body and it is unknown whether it fulfills the provisions of international regulations and safety standards,” the press release notes.
The Flight Safety Foundation points out that it is questionable whether those who use Ercan airport have any insurance coverage in case of an accident, since no serious international insurance company would cover any illegal flights.
“But apart from safety issues, Greek Cypriots traveling from the illegal airport contribute indirectly and unwillingly to Turkey`s efforts to upgrade the pseudostate”, the press release concludes.