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International aviation: Turkey

In March 2010, the European Union and the Turkish authorities initialled a "horizontal" air transport agreement which removes nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Turkey.

 

This agreement will allow any EU airline to operate flights between any EU Member State and Turkey, where a bilateral agreement with Turkey exists and traffic rights are available. This agreement does not replace the bilateral agreements in place between EU Member States and Turkey but adapts them to bring them into line with EU law.

The agreement is an important step towards further strengthening EU–Turkey aviation relations and will encourage traffic between the EU and Turkey.