Spanish charter and wet-lease carrier Wamos Air has been operating flights from the UK on behalf of Turkmenistan Airlines, which was recently suspended from flying to and from the European Union (EU) for safety reasons.

Turkmenistan Airlines has been attempting to charter flights while its EU operations are grounded, following a Feb. 4 EASA decision to suspend the carrier’s safety authorization “pending restoring of compliance with specific international aviation safety standards.”

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed in a Feb. 6 Twitter message that Wamos Air was now operating some of Turkmenistan Airlines’ flights.

“We are aware that some services to and from the UK have been restored, as flights will be operated by Spanish licensed charter carrier Wamos Air. Passengers are advised to contact Turkmenistan Airlines for further information,” CAA said.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office added in a notice on its website that “Turkmenistan Airlines are making alternative arrangements for some services to and from the UK.”

According to a statement on the website of Turkmenistan Airlines’ UK agent, the carrier’s Feb. 6 flight from Birmingham, UK to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan went ahead. It is unclear at this stage which of the airline’s other scheduled flights will be chartered out.

“We will update you once we have received more information from Turkmenistan Airlines regarding the flights scheduled in the near future from the UK (Birmingham and London) and from Germany (Frankfurt),” the agent said, adding that “refunds are not permitted.”

Wamos Air operates a fleet of five Airbus A330-200s and six Boeing 747-400s.

The carrier operated a number of transatlantic services last year on behalf of LCC Norwegian, after issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on the Scandinavian carrier’s Boeing 787s grounded a portion of its long-haul fleet.

Turkmenistan Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, 757s and 777s. In addition to Birmingham, Frankfurt and London, the airline serves Ankara (Turkey), Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg (Russia), and Yerevan (Armenia). It provides onward connections from Ashgabat to Amritsar (India), Bangkok, Beijing and Delhi.

Kerry Reals,