TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Hong Kong-flagged carrier Cathay Pacific will no longer route flights over Russian airspace, the airline said Thursday (17/3/2022).
“We regularly review our flight routes internally as well as with information provided by external parties,” Cathay Pacific said in a statement to CNN,
“We are not currently flying through Russian airspace,” the statement said.
Here are some airlines that have experienced disruptions due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
* The European Union (EU) closed all airspace in its 27 countries to Russian aircraft at the end of February.
* In response to the EU ban, Russia’s Civil Aviation Authority closed its airspace to airlines of 36 countries.
The list includes Britain and Canada, which both have banned Russian aircraft.
* On March 1, President Joe Biden said the US would follow suit and ban Russian aircraft from US airspace.
A glance at flight tracking site FlightRadar24 on Thursday (17/3/2022) showed several planes over Russia.
They include at least one Air China flight, but mostly for Russian domestic airlines.
Russian Airline Removed from Global Reservation System
The reservation system that forms the backbone of airlines worldwide has terminated its agreement with Aeroflot.
Quoted CNNFriday (4/3/2022) technology company Saber said Aeroflot had been removed from its global distribution system.
Russian airlines will not be displayed on reservation sites used by travel agencies, travel websites and companies around the world to shop, book and serve flight reservations.
“Saber has been monitoring the evolving situation in Ukraine with increasing concern,” Saber CEO Sean Menke said in a statement.
“We take a stand against this military conflict,” he added.
The removal from the global distribution system (GDS) is one step, but other technology services provided to Aeroflot are still in progress, experts say.
In its statement, Saber said the company would evaluate whether additional measures would be appropriate, taking into account legal considerations and any countermeasures that could be implemented in response.
Previously, another travel technology company, Amadeus, said on Thursday (3/3/2022) that it had begun to suspend the distribution of Aeroflot fares in its system.
“We will not be signing any new contracts in Russia and we continue to evaluate our existing portfolio of work in Russia in parallel,” Amadeus said in a statement.
“At the same time, we continue to assess and evaluate the potential impact of international sanctions imposed on Russia and any countermeasures by Russia.”
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