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Airline Plans Direct Flights to North

corendon airlinesTurkish-owned Corendon Airlines is planning to start flights from Holland directly to Ercan Airport in the north of the island, said a Turkish-Cypriot spokesman.

The company, which is based in Holland, plans 26 flights carrying 5000 tourists, said Batuohan Karaer, deputy general-director.

The first flight is scheduled for May 16th, according to a travel agent in the north. The main target markets are the 500,000 Turkish people living in Holland, and five million Turks in Germany.

According to international law, it is illegal for airlines to fly directly to Ercan Airport, which is located in the occupied areas of the island. However, as Turkey recognises the unilaterally-declared state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, airlines such as Pegasus and others get around the law by stopping momentarily in Turkey and flying into Ercan from there.

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