Stranded Turkish cargo planes finally depart from Kyiv airport

21 December 2022, 12:24 AM
Turkish Air Force A400M (

Turkish Air Force A400M (

After being stranded for 10 months due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two Turkish Air Force transport planes took off from Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, Turkish Defense Ministry said in a Facebook post on Dec. 20.

“Today, two transport aircraft of the Turkish Air Force took off from Boryspil International Airport,” the message said.

“Our two A400M aircraft, which took off from Ukraine, safely reached the home base of Kayseri.”

The planes have been grounded at Boryspil Airport since Feb. 24 and were occasionally mentioned by Turkish political officials.

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Ukrainian airspace remains closed from Feb. 24, although some airlines eventually managed to get permission to withdraw their stranded aircraft from Ukrainian airports.

Ukrainian officials decline to disclose how exactly such procedures are carried out while the skies remain off-limits to civil aviation.

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