Airline ordered to pay Shermetyevo International Airport $316k
MOSCOW, January 24 - RAPSI. A commercial court satisfied a lawsuit filed by Sheremetyevo International Airport to recover $316,775 in debt from the Avianova airline, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) on Tuesday.
According to the plaintiff, pursuant to ground services contracts dated February 27, 2010 the airport has rendered services worth $517.830. This was confirmed by case materials and the defendant.
Under the contracts the defendant shall pay for the services within ten banking days from the invoice date. However, the defendant did not pay before the lawsuit was filed.
The airline partially paid the debt after the 6.2 million ruble ($200,820) lawsuit was lodged, but provided no evidence or repaying the remaining amount.
Earlier, the Moscow Region Commercial Court registered four lawsuits by Sheremetyevo International Airport to recover more than 100 million rubles ($3.23 million) in debt from the Avianova company.
The Federal Agency for Air Transport suspended Avianova's air operator's certificate for three months on October 12, 2011. The air company guaranteed its passengers compensation for the tickets they bought.
Avianova's problems were triggered by a conflict between the airline's two major shareholders - Russian А1 investment company, part of Alfa Group, and U.S. Indigo Partners fund.