Airport of the Crimean capital Simferopol is ready to service international flights, its director, Yevgeny Plaksin, told ITAR-TASS.

"The airport is ready for this and we don’t have any problems," he said.
"The border control section is functioning and we have the necessary staff and are fully fitted out with equipment. If one or another airline decides to make international flights to and from here, we’re prepared to work on this and we’ll be glad to do it, actually."

As we earlier reported, two Russian airlines, Urals Airlines and Grozny Avia have already filed applications with the Federal Service for Civil Aviation, Rosaviatsiya, for permissions to make international flights.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a resolution on opening the Simferopol airport for international flights May 7.

Meanwhile, European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation Eurocontrol has banned European air companies flying to Crimea, following the region’s annexation.

Europe’s largest airline Turkish Airlines and other companies have suspended their work in Crimea.