has received an invitation from Fikri Toros, the President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce to share a statement as under following the meeting with the British Secretary of State for Transport, held yesterday the 11th of October in London.

The discontinuation of “touch-down” flights between the UK and Ercan airports

“On Wednesday 11th October 2017, representatives of the Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations (UK), the British Turkish Cypriot Association, the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (Cyprus) and the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce (UK) met the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and the former Leader of the Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith MP, to discuss the current arrangements for passengers flying from North Cyprus to the UK.

All key issues were explained and it was agreed that further investigative work is required in order to try and find a resolution to the matter which was re-confirmed as “security related” only. The Turkish Cypriot NGOs named above have lent their unreserved collaborative support in order to expedite matters with the Ministry of Transport and all other relevant authorities. During the meeting, it was confirmed that the travel restrictions are only applicable from North Cyprus to the UK.”