“Sorry, Southwind Can’t Fly to Finland Right Now”

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The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) rejected the application of Southwind Airlines to operate flights to Finland due to the airline´s link to Russian stakeholders, said Traficom in a press release on Monday.

The air carrier, operating from Türkiye requested permission from the Traficom to commence flight operations to Finland.

Traficom has informed the airline that it cannot be allowed to operate flights to Finland.

Based on Traficom's overall assessment, the substantial ownership and effective control of the airline is not vested in the Contracting Party designating it or in its nationals, as would be required by the applicable Air Services Agreement, said Traficom.

Therefore, the operations by Southwind Airlines would not be permissible under the EU Sanctions Regulation, said the press release.

"Our overall assessment shows that the substantial ownership and effective control of Southwind Airlines is not held by the stated Turkish individuals or companies. We have concluded that the airline and its control are linked to Russian stakeholders", said Traficom Director General Jarkko Saarimäki.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. EmmaJohnson74 says

    The decision of Traficom to deny Southwind Airlines permission to operate flights to Finland seems justified given the airline’s link to Russian stakeholders. It’s important to prioritize the interests of national security and compliance with regulations in such cases.

  2. AnastasiaSmith says

    I find it concerning that Southwind Airlines’ application to operate flights to Finland was rejected due to its link to Russian stakeholders. It seems like a decision made with geopolitical considerations rather than based solely on aviation regulations.

  3. AmyJohnson123 says

    It’s disappointing that Southwind Airlines can’t fly to Finland due to their Russian stakeholder connection. Hopefully, they can resolve this issue soon to benefit travelers.

  4. Anastasia1992 says

    It’s unfortunate that Southwind Airlines can’t fly to Finland due to their connection with Russian stakeholders. I agree with Traficom’s decision as it’s crucial for airlines to adhere to ownership and control requirements specified in agreements. Hoping for a fair resolution soon.

  5. EmmaSmith45 says

    What implications does this decision have for the competition among airlines operating in Finland?

    1. JohnJohnson78 says

      The rejection of Southwind Airlines’ application to operate flights to Finland by Traficom will likely impact the competition among airlines in Finland. With Southwind out of the picture, the existing airlines may experience less competition, potentially leading to increased prices for consumers. It could also open up opportunities for other airlines to expand their services in the Finnish market. Overall, this decision may result in a shift in the airline industry landscape in Finland.

  6. AmyJohnson says

    In my opinion, it’s crucial for aviation authorities to carefully consider the ownership and control structure of airlines. The decision by Traficom to reject Southwind Airlines’ application to fly to Finland due to its ties to Russian stakeholders highlights the importance of adhering to regulations and upholding transparency in the aviation industry.

  7. AnnaSmith says

    It’s disappointing to see Southwind Airlines’ plans to operate flights to Finland being rejected. However, it’s crucial to consider the implications of airline ownership and control in compliance with the EU Sanctions Regulation. Let’s hope for a resolution that aligns with the regulatory requirements.

  8. Alexandra_1990 says

    In my opinion, Traficom made the right decision in rejecting Southwind Airlines’ application. It is crucial for the airlines to comply with regulations, especially concerning ownership and control, to ensure safety and security in air travel.

  9. Anastasia_88 says

    It’s disappointing to hear that Southwind Airlines can’t fly to Finland. I understand the reasons behind Traficom’s decision, but it’s frustrating for passengers who were looking forward to those flight options.

  10. MeganSmith85 says

    As a frequent traveler, I believe Traficom made the right decision in rejecting Southwind Airlines’ application. It’s crucial to ensure air carriers comply with ownership and control regulations to maintain a safe and transparent aviation environment.

  11. EmilySmith says

    It’s disappointing that Southwind Airlines can’t fly to Finland due to their association with Russian stakeholders. Hopefully, they can address this issue and comply with the regulations soon.

  12. AvaSmith23 says

    I believe Traficom made the right decision in rejecting Southwind Airlines’ application. It’s crucial to ensure that airlines comply with ownership and control regulations to uphold safety and security standards.

  13. AliceJohnson says

    Could you please provide more information on the specific criteria used by Traficom to determine the link between Southwind Airlines and Russian stakeholders?

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