MAT - you ain't seen nothing yetThe management of MAT Macedonian Airlines demands that the Macedonian government and the Anti Corruption Commission set up an inquiry into why the Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency (ACV) granted flight permits to Turkish Star Airlines last year and ignored the recommendations by the European Civil Aviation Agency which advised the ACV not to grant the licenses. The Turkish Star Airlines registered itself in Macedonia with 2 Boeing B747-200 freighter aircraft although it rarely operates out of Skopje. Furthermore, the airline was granted a license despite the fact that at the time it did not own an aircraft which is against Macedonian aviation regulations.
The grounded MAT says it can provide additional examples of ACV’s disrespect of European standards and civil aviation. The ongoing feud between MAT and the ACV, which began when the aviation agency grounded MAT’s aircraft has escalated since Mat Airways was not granted a license for operations. Mat Airways was to be a new airline set up by previous MAT Macedonian Airlines owners, however without the millions of Euros of debt the Macedonian national carrier has to its name.