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EasyJet Exits Leases on Russia-Owned Jets in Sanctions Hitch

  • Curbs on Putin deprive U.K. carrier of six Airbus jetliners
  • Ties to Russian state lessor GTLK prompt airline to act
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EasyJet Plc terminated rental contracts on six Airbus SE jets owned by a Russian state leasing company in a rare example of sanctions depriving a European carrier of aircraft.

EasyJet canceled the leases on the A319 narrowbodies owned by a unit of state-controlled GTLK shortly after the U.K. and European Union acted to punish Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine in late February, according to a person familiar with the matter.