The Court of Appeal in R(Kibris Türk Hava Hollari) v SS Transport dismissed an appeal by a Turkish airline and its subsidiary travel agent to operate scheduled and charter flights from the UK to northern Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus, represented by Akhil Shah QC and Professor Vaughan Lowe QC, intervened in a case which the Court of Appeal described as being one of great political importance. Lord Justice Richards (with whom Ward LJ and Sir David Keene agreed) held that such flights would be contrary to the Chicago Convention 1944. The Court of Appeal rejected the argument that the Republic of Cyprus’ entitlement to exercise its sovereign rights in respect of northern Cyprus had been suspended because it did not exercise effective control in the north of the island.