Direct flights to Turkish Republic of North Cyprus
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Earlier this month, the UK Department for Transport requested Pegasus Airlines to add a securıty re-screening for passengers and their baggage during the stopovers in Turkey for the flights between London and Ercan Airport. These flights were prior conducted by simply touching down in Turkey, the passengers remaining on board the plane and taking off again on the same aircraft after changing the flight number. With the policy change, passengers will be forced to disembark in Turkey, go through security a second time, and re-board either the same or different aircraft.
This new regulation will add at least an hour onto the travel time, and turn what was a straightforward and widely-used flight into a protracted and difficult journey.
The burden of these changes will fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable among us: the elderly, the disabled and families with young children, for whom this process of disembarking, repeat security checks and re-boarding are not only an inconvenience, but unendurable as well.
In the many years that this route has been operational, it has come to be wholly relied upon by the Turkish Cypriots who live, raise families and contribute considerable amounts to the UK economy. It is also a crucial route for the many British expatriates who have made their lives in Northern Cyprus.
This decision is a sudden shock for the Turkish Cypriot community and serves only to create yet another obstacle that reinforces the burden of our isolation, as well as to deepen gaps between our two countries which we ought to be striving to narrow instead.
We demand that the UK Department of Transport cease this unnecessary action. The Turkish Cypriot people do not deserve yet more difficulties and isolation on the Cyprus issue.
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