The Russian authorities decided not to continue the air wars with the EU after European carriers began flying around Belarus in response to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight.
On Thursday evening, Rosaviatsia officials gathered for an emergency meeting, where they discussed what to do with European flights requesting permission to enter Russian airspace.
Two of them were refused – the Vienna-Moscow flight by Austrian Airlines and the Paris-Moscow flight by AirFrance – after airlines changed the route and requested new routes due to a change in the border crossing point.
In the near future, the Russian side will give permission for the arrival of flights of European companies on alternative routes, a source close to the Ministry of Transport told RBC. One of the canceled flights – from Vienna to Moscow – has already received the go-ahead.
In the meantime, the Federal Air Transport Agency issued an official notice, in which it warned that European carriers should not wait for quick decisions.
“When changing the previously approved routes from / to points in Europe to / through the airspace of Russia, one should take into account the possible increase in the time required to complete the procedures for obtaining permission for arrival, departure and transit through the airspace of the Russian Federation,” Interfax quotes the agency’s statement.
The Rosaviatsia explained the delays in issuing permits by “an increase in the total number of requests from airlines.” The same position was repeated at a briefing on Friday by the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov. “When the airplanes of airlines that fly around Belarus ask to fly in at different, not agreed points, technical problems arise,” he said, adding that hitch in this case is “inevitable”.
Sources of The Bell on the aviation market do not believe in the official version. Coordination of a new route Coordination of a new route under normal conditions never drags on for a day, says one of them.
Restrictions on entry into Russian airspace are a political decision, the source said.
One of them draws attention to another cancellation – Aeroflot’s flight to Vilnius, scheduled for June 28. The route of the flight always passed over the territory of Belarus. Lithuania announced on May 24 that it would not accept aircraft crossing the Belarusian airspace. Aeroflot did not change the route, but instead canceled the flight, said the source of The Bell.