CargoLogic Germany suspended from EU airspace and inactive CargoLogicAir fleet
CargoLogic Germany has been told it is no longer cleared to fly in European Union airspace while sister company CargoLogicAir has not flown for almost two weeks.
Flight tracking websites show that the two UK-registered CargoLogicAir B747-400Fs are currently parked at Los Angeles International and Frankfurt Hahn after completing their last flights on March 11 and 10 respectively.
CargoLogic Germany’s fleet of four B737Fs are listed as being stored in Budapest, Katowice, Helsinki Vantaa and Ostrava Mosnov without flying for the past seven days.
The move comes as a series of sanctions affecting the aviation industry have been put in place by Western countries following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
CargoLogic Germany said Air Cargo News that he had been informed by the German Federal Aviation Office on 11 March that he is currently not authorized to enter European Union airspace, except for emergency landings and emergency overflights.
“The reason for this decision is the current political situation and related sanctions,” the company said.
“We very much regret this decision and are currently engaging in intensive discussions with all relevant authorities and stakeholders.
“These discussions aim to enable our German company, headquartered in Leipzig, to resume flight operations as soon as possible as a reliable partner and employer.
“Please understand that we cannot anticipate the outcome of these tasks. Nothing will change for our approximately 110 employees until flight operations resume. »
Both airlines are subsidiaries of UK-based Cargo Logic Holding, which according to financial documents is owned by Alexey Isaykin, a Soviet-born entrepreneur with Cypriot nationality.
Isaykin is a director of CargoLogicAir and Cargo Logic Holding; The American Konstantin Vekshin is also a director of CargoLogicAir.
Additionally, Isaykin is Chairman of Russian Volga-Dnepr Group and Director of Volga-Dnepr UK, while Vekshin is General Manager of Volga-Dnepr Group.
CargoLogic Germany pointed out that it is registered in the commercial register of Leipzig as a German company, that it pays its taxes and duties in Germany, that it has German employment contracts, that it has a team independent German management and operates in accordance with German law, German standards and German laws. responsibilities.
“Despite our international business ties and partnerships, we are and remain a completely independent and German company,” the airline added.
“Air cargo is an international business model. Thus, CLG maintains international business relations and partnerships with a dozen countries, including Russia. “
Air Cargo News has contacted CargoLogicAir but has not yet received a response.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority said CargoLogicAir holds a valid operating license and AOC.
Moreover, when the UK announced an airspace ban for Russian carriers in late February, the Department for Transport pointed out that CargoLogicAir was a UK registered company with an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.
The Volga-Dnepr Group works closely with CargoLogicAir and CargoLogic Germany, with the relationship between the different group carriers being described as a strategic partnership.
The Volga-Dnepr Group includes cargo carriers Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridgeCargo and Atran.
AirBridgeCargo and Atran confirmed earlier this week that they had taken the decision to ground their fleets in light of sanctions forcing lessors to cancel lease contracts with Russian airlines and the decision of the Authority of the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCCA) to suspend all certificates of airworthiness of Russian aircraft on its registry.