Another Moldovan Airline Moves its Aircraft to Romania – Security Risk

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Fly One announces the expansion of its activities in the Republic of Moldova, but due to a perceived security risk, the company is forced to re-register its aircraft in Romania. “Due to restrictions related to possible violent actions in the Republic of Moldova, we are forced to redeploy aircraft. We have re-registered aircraft in Romania and Armenia. However, due to the current security situation, we lost several aircraft that were recalled by leasing companies. We conducted negotiations with other companies,” Chair of the Company’s Board Vladimir Cebotari said in interview for bani. Fly One is a privately owned airline with a fleet of 12 aircraft. It is the second largest airline in Moldova. Founded in 2015, currently the partners of the company include Maria Cebotari (40%) - the wife of Vladimir Cebotari, former Minister of Justice under the Democratic government. Another 40% belongs to Tudor Carabadjac, and 10% belongs to Mariana Tabuica, Cebotar’s sister, and Mircea Maleca, the former head of the Civil Aviation Authority. Currently, Fly One operates flights to 18 destinations, 11 regular and 7 charter flights to Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg, London, Moscow, Parma, Verona, Dublin, Paris, Istanbul, Kyiv, Antalya, Heraklion, Sharm El Sheikh, Bodrum, Tivat, Hurghada, and Marsa Alam. In March 2023, due to a security threat, Wizz Air low-cost airline decided to suspend flights from Chisinau to thirteen cities in Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Spain and the United Kingdom. Moldovan passengers can use the Iasi airport as an option.