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Western airlines could be banned from overflying Siberia in tit-for-tat measure over sanctions

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 August 2014

Senior government official issues warning over possible curb which could hit major air carriers.

Examples of Western airlines overflying Siberia are British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa. Picture: Virgin Atlantic

Russian lawmakers are considering limiting or banning transit flights across Siberia on the Europe-Asia route, according to a high-ranking government official.

A report was carried on Tuesday by Vedomosti newspaper and cited by other major Russian media including RIA Novosti. 

Consultations are believed to have been held by the Transport Ministry and Foreign Ministry over curbs on Western airlines which have dozens of flights daily using Siberian airspace.

'Any unfriendly measures taken by the EU, including that concerning air transportation, will be considered and not left without the response,' a diplomatic source told Vedomosti. 'To fly to Asia European airlines presently use the shortest Trans-Siberian route and pay for it to Russian Aeroflot. According to the source close to the company, Aeroflot receives less than $300 million annually from foreign airlines,' reported RIA Novosti.

A subsidiary of state-owned Aeroflot airline, Dobrolet, launched its first commercial flights from the Russian capital to Crimea's main city Simferopol in June. 

In July, the air company started selling tickets for flights to cities across Russia, including Volgograd, Perm, Samara, Ufa, Yekaterinburg and Kazan - but it was included on a list of EU sanctions unveiled on 30 July, added the news agency.

The EU alleged Dobrolet performed flights to Crimea, facilitating the former Ukrainian region~s integration with Russia.

The possibility of overflying curbs was first examined after the initial round of sanctions but the Dobrolet move has brought the matter into sharp focus again. 

Examples of Western airlines overflying Siberia are British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa. Their costs could spiral if they needed to find alternative routes avoiding Russian air space.

Comments (5)

It shows despite their strong dollar, record stock market and low interest rates US is getting desperate (the most aggressive person in the room is the vulnerable one) they are one false flag away from the whole illusion collapsing.
Lazar, Moscow
03/10/2014 08:05
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I would tell all these idiotic politicians/leaders (your own included) to stop Titting & Tatting"...to stop acting like grown up children & to start behaving as adults. (I mean that's what you are supposed to grow up into, isn't it?) It irks me & so many other ordinary folk in the world how they strut their war stuff when their are so many problems facing people in the real world like, acquiring a job to make an a honest living, to own a home, to be educated, to provide for their family's, to get a good return for their savings,to have security. etc;. ...& yet we have these people, who claim to be our leaders throwing stones (literally) at each-other while the world implodes. I am disgusted with the lot of them. Truly!
jojnjo, Dublin, Ireland
21/08/2014 22:31
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Waiting the time when this "ban-ning" stops and all politicians are on the flight to MARS, yep all of them as seem like they really push this world always upside down and toward the war.

Should they ban all life next?
marko, Finland
07/08/2014 00:18
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This'll ruin Finnair
Dan, Moscow
06/08/2014 13:25
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No need to ban... But charge them tariff for overflight triple or quadruple...
Anton, Singapore
05/08/2014 19:12
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