Airlines And Senators Urge Restrictions On Carriers Flying To The US Via Russian Airspace
Staff, 2023-03-17 19:00:00,
US airlines and senators are looking to even the field for non-stop travel between Asia and the United States. They propose to do this by effectively forcing foreign carriers still flying over Russian airspace not to do so and operate on the same routes as their American counterparts.
An unbalanced field
Since February 2022, carriers from much of the Western world and a few others have been banned from using Russian airspace. This has forced carriers to make lengthy detours and add extra miles on routes to Asia, while most Asian and Middle Eastern-based operators are still authorized to employ Russia’s airspace.
Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.
According to Airlines for America, this scenario has put US carriers at a competitive disadvantage. As reported by Reuters, The Loadstar, and The New York Times, US senators and the airline industry is lobbying for a ban on airlines willing to do business with Russia or forcing them to employ the same routes as their US counterparts.
In a statement sent to Simple Flying, Airlines For America said,
“Some foreign carriers being able to fly over Russian airspace puts US carriers at a direct competitive disadvantage. We applaud the outreach from Senators Menendez and Risch to Secretaries Blinken and Buttigieg. Their letter underscores our industry’s concerns regarding Russian overflights, and we echo the Senators’ call for the Administration to take action to…
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