Russian Grozny Avia Company, that has launched charter Simferopol-Istanbul flights, first international flights operated since Crimean annexation, now is waiting for permission on operating regular flights from Crimea to Turkey.

Commercial director of Grozny Avia Sergey Petrov announced this during press conference in Simferopol.

“Rosaviatsiya [Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia,- ed.] has given us permission. Ministry of Transport and Foreign Affairs are discussing the issue with Turkey’s Foreign Ministry. If the issue is agreed, we will start operating regular Istanbul-Simferopol flights from August 2014. We are waiting, still it does not prevent us from operating charter flights”- Petrov said.

As we earlier reported, the first international flight since Crimean annexation left Simferopol airport for Istanbul, July 19, with technical landing in Russian city of Anapa.

The move comes as European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation Eurocontrol has banned European air companies flying to Crimea.

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