From June 12, air travel time across Russia heading south will be reduced due to the opening of a new – second consecutive air corridor – for civilian aircraft. On this subject informed RBC, citing sources at two national airlines.
One of them said that the air carriers have already received all the information about the opening of the corridor. According to the second, the pilots received a notification about changes in the airspace in the south of the country.
RBC attempted to obtain a comment from the representative of the Federal Air Transport Agency, but he declined to answer questions. The publication also sent a request to the state corporation for the organization of air traffic in Russia.
The fact that the Ministry of Defense agreed to the opening of a second air corridor for civil aircraft in the skies above the center and south of the country, earlier informed telegram channel “Aviatorschina”. His source claimed that the journey time along the new corridor would be about 7 minutes less than the current one.
According to the source, the emergence of a second corridor – one-way like the first – will allow airlines to change the return route from the south, which until now passed through Kazakhstan.
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, flights were banned to 11 airports in southern and central Russia – Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don , Simferopol and Elista. Since then, these restrictions have been extended several times and all airports remain closed.
Before they closed, the travel time from Moscow to Sochi was around 2.5 hours, but then it increased to at least four hours. At the end of August, the first air corridor was opened for carrying out “directed” flights, which made it possible to reduce the flight time by 30-35 minutes. It operated in one-way mode, so the airline’s return flights were forced to go through Kazakhstan.
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