July 6, 2022

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Russian government asks Sri Lanka to return seized Aeroflot Airbus A330

Russian government asks Sri Lanka to return seized Aeroflot Airbus A330


The head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia), Alexander Neradko, appealed to the Sri Lankan aviation authorities with a request to coordinate the departure of an Aeroflot aircraft from the country. Russian State Agency TASS. Yesterday (2) the Airbus A330 was arrested at a local airport.

On June 3, Aeroflot announced that the flight from Colombo to Moscow had been canceled due to lack of permission from the Sri Lankan aviation authorities, and the plane had been grounded. A hearing in the case is scheduled for June 8. Tourists from a canceled Russian Airlines flight were housed in hotels in Sri Lanka.

The administration added that the Russian aviation authorities expect a response to this issue in the near future.

Earlier, the Colombo court issued a ruling calling for the aircraft to remain on the ground in the country until June 16. The decision has been made in connection with a claim made by the leasing company Celestial Aviation Trading Limited of Irelandwho is trying to recover the plane.

In early April, the European Union adopted several anti-Russian sanctions in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing registration in Russia of all aircraft belonging to foreign owners, which led to a series of defaults on lease contracts. In light of this scenario, the file Leasing They did what they could to regain possession of the aircraft, assets estimated at millions of dollars.