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Thousands of passengers were left stranded as Turkmenistan Airlines stopped flights to the European Union yesterday.
The European Aviation Safety Agency suspended the airline's flights to and from the EU yesterday "pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards."
The state-owned carrier is popular with British and Indian flyers for its low-priced flights linking the two countries. The UK Civil Aviation Authority said flights from Birmingham and London Heathrow to India via Ashgabat had been suspended, the BBC reports.
As many as 5,000 British passengers were in India with bookings to fly home on the airline, the Independent said yesterday.
The CAA said stranded passengers might have to make their own arrangements to return to the UK.
Turkmenistan Airlines also flies from Frankfurt and Paris.
The airline is the second Central Asia flagship carrier to hit turbulent air in the new year.
Tajikistan’s state-owned Tajik Air was forced to suspend all flights last month until at least March because of its inability to pay its fuel supplier.
The Tajik news agency Asia-Plus traced the airline’s difficulties to high fuel prices and the unstable economic situation.
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