how airlines are operating their international flights without crossing Russia

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Among the many and diverse consequences that have derived from the Ukraine War is the closure of airspaces. First it was Ukraine that closed its own, and then Europe and United States banned Russian aircraft from crossing their airspace. Russia has ended up doing the same, and has now banned any non-Russian aircraft from entering its airspace.

Russia increasingly isolated. The measures taken have caused the traditional routes that followed thousands of flights every day to be modified due to the closure of these air spaces. The situation has meant that, for example, a flight between Moscow and Kaliningrad is forced to make a huge detour to reach its destination. The same happens with flights between Belarus and Kaliningrad. Russian billionaires and their jets they are also having a bad time.

The Russian aviation industry has it tough. Aeroflot, the main Russian airline, uses planes from Boeing and Airbus, and both companies have decided to abandon their operations in Russia. This means that theoretically they will not supply new planes or spare parts for the ones they already had.

The domino effect is disturbing here: half of Aeroflot’s fleet does not belong to them, but they have it in the form of leasing, which according to analysts will cause their real owners – Aeroflot’s creditors – to take possession of those aircraft and “become remove them.” Russia could look for suppliers of these spare parts in other countries, but those countries could face sanctions, which again endangers this Russian industry.

But this affects everyone. Not being able to traverse Russian airspace is also having major consequences for long-haul flights. Now a flight between Tokyo and London has to go through Alaska instead of Russia. That implies a flight that is three hours longer than the Russian route.

There are many other affected flights, and on FlightRadar24, which has become an especially popular tool these days, set the example of the flight between New Delhi and London: not being able to pass through Russia has meant that flights such as those of British Airways that covered that route have to be extended by 896 km and an additional hour of flight.

Longer (and less efficient) flights. All these prohibitions mean that the longest routes are greatly affected. That’s a major problem not just for airlines, which have to figure out which alternative routes they can take, but for flights, which are longer, use more fuel — with oil prices rising — and emit more carbon dioxide.

Umang Gupta of Alton Aviation Consultancy explained in Axios how the typical flight between Europe and Asia takes 11.8 hours one way and 13.5 hours back. With these changes “in the best of cases, two more hours of flight will be added in both directions”, and fuel consumption will increase by at least 20%.

More problems for global logistics. We were few and the grandmother gave birth. In addition to the problems that we already had with containers in recent months, these problems for air routes are now added. Many airlines that were engaged in flights between Europe, Asia and the United States used to pass through Russian airspace, and now they will not be able to do so. Again, longer, less efficient and more expensive flights. Guess who all those involved will transfer the costs to.

Among the many and diverse consequences that have derived from the Ukraine War is the closure of airspaces. First it…

Among the many and diverse consequences that have derived from the Ukraine War is the closure of airspaces. First it…

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