Makhachkala-based Dagestan Airlines (N2) is disputing the decision by Rosaviatsia—Russia’s Dept. of Aviation/Ministry of Transport—to withdraw the carrier’s air operators certificate (AOC) at the end of 2011, Russian RIA Novosti agency reported.
Rosaviatsia said at the time the decision was based on unsatisfactory safety performance and financial problems. However, N2 deputy general director Iosif Likhtman told the news agency the financial problems couldn’t be enough reason for AOC recall.
Market experts say authorities withdrew N2’s AOC because airline managers didn’t want to split the carrier and Makhachkala Airport (MCX) into two separate companies, limiting competition.
The N2 fleet comprised Tupolev Tu-154s, Tu-134s, Antonov An-24s and Mi-8 helicopters. During the first 10 months of 2011, the airline carried 283,500 passengers. Moscow-based Red Wings is considering launching flights from MCX