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US Airlines seek urgent U.S. action to address Russia overflight rights -letter

06:45  29 october  2021
06:45  29 october  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Russian ’ s overflight approvals for U . S . airlines were due to expire on April 17. With relations between the U . S . and Russia having imploded over the past few months, a situation that the U . S . missile strikes in Syria over the weekend exacerbated, the re-approval outlook was not looking good. In the end, the looming crisis was avoided. Russia came around and decided to extend the overflight rights of U . S . airlines by another six months. Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the U . S . State Department, expressed, “The Russian government did say to our embassy, when we spoke with them: ‘Don’t

Russia agreed to extend by six months overflight approvals for U . S . airlines , the U . S . State Department said on Tuesday, hours before an agreement on overflights was due to expire. Additionally, the Russian Ministry of Transport extended approvals for all cargo flights from Asia to Europe through April 20 but proposed an alternative route after that date, which was being discussed, the State Department said. “We are also working to schedule discussions with Russian civil aviation officials to discuss this and other civil aviation matters,” the State Department said.

By David Shepardson

An airport worker stands on a tarmac next to a Delta Air Lines plane at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania © Reuters/SHANNON STAPLETON An airport worker stands on a tarmac next to a Delta Air Lines plane at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A trade group representing major U.S. passenger and cargo carriers has asked the State Department to "act urgently" to address the needs of airlines to secure rights to overfly Russian airspace, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Airlines for America, which represents American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, FedEx Corp, United Parcel Service and others, in an Oct. 14 letter asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken for his intervention, warning that without action they could be forced to halt some flights.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a six-month extension of overflight approvals for U . S . airlines , the U . S . State Department said on Tuesday hours before the agreement on overflights was due to expire. “Several U . S . airlines have confirmed to us that they have received approvals for these overflights ,” the State Department said in a statement ahead of the 7:59 Russia ’ s Transport Ministry has also extended approvals for all cargo flights from Asia to Europe until April 20, and has proposed an alternative route for these flights, which is now being discussed, the department added.

If Russia were to decide to block airlines that refuse to fly over Belarus, then that'd be a major issue for airlines that operate between Europe and Asia, which is a huge market. In which case, would Europe fold or stand firm? There was no fighter jets forcing a civilian passenger plane down. It was an official Bolivian government plane, which follows under different airspace rules. Further, respective countries like France and Portugal refused overflight , and the jet in question then had to make a landing nearby to fuel up.

"Many U.S. airlines urgently need additional rights to overfly Russian airspace to meet market demands," the letter said, adding without additional rights "U.S. airlines will be forced to operate on alternate, inefficient routes resulting in time penalties, technical stops, excess CO2 emissions and loss of historic slot rights."

The Russian Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment. The airline group did not comment.

The State Department confirmed it received the letter and said "Russia approved U.S. carriers’ applications for overflights last week. The Department of State continues to engage with the relevant Russian authorities to secure expanded air services opportunities for U.S. carriers."

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a six-month extension of overflight approvals for U . S . airlines , the U . S . State Department said on Tuesday hours before the agreement on overflights was due to expire. “Several U . S . airlines have confirmed to us that they have received approvals for these overflights ,” the State Department said in a statement ahead of the 7:59 Russia ’ s Transport Ministry has also extended approvals for all cargo flights from Asia to Europe until April 20, and has proposed an alternative route for these flights, which is now being discussed, the department added.

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Sources said the U.S. government has held extensive interagency discussions on the issue.

The airline group's chief executive, Nicholas Calio, in the letter said "U.S. passenger airlines need additional Russian overflights to operate efficiently from the U.S. to destinations in Asia, India, and the Middle East."

He added that "U.S. all-cargo carriers need restoration of overflight rights on all-cargo routes between points in Europe and Asia that were mutually agreed upon but were unilaterally stripped away by the Russian government."

The airlines also sent the letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

The airlines asked "that State Department officials act urgently and pursue discussions with their Russian counterparts aimed at addressing additional overflight capacity for both sides in time for the upcoming air traffic winter season."

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U . S . carriers will have increased access to Russian airspace under a new agreement with the Russian Federation. Reached this month at the conclusion of bilateral negotiations, the accord boosts overflight frequencies on a number of routes in Russian airspace.

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Calio said the Russian government "is interested in seeing progress on the processing of visas before they will consider discussing additional overflight capacity for U.S. airlines."

The American Embassy stopped processing most visa applications in May due to Moscow's https://www.reuters.com/world/us/moscow-decries-us-move-call-russians-homeless-visa-purposes-2021-10-24 ban on employing embassy staff in Russia.

With ties already at post-Cold War lows, Russia and the United States are in a dispute over the number of diplomats they can post to each other's capitals, and failed to make progress at talks this month.

Calio warned that without action "U.S. carriers may need to consider mitigation measures, including schedule reductions. This outcome would make U.S. carriers far less competitive globally ... and will exacerbate the growing backlog of cargo and express shipments needed to reduce the pressure on the supply chain."

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Stephen Coates and Chris Reese)

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