According to the Russian embassy, Air India has ceased selling tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route, and the flight’s future is unknown.
Air India has cancelled its twice-weekly route from Delhi to Moscow because it was unable to get insurance coverage due to the heightened threat perception caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to sources, all Air India flights are insured by international authorities. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the airline is among several that continue to use Russian airspace.
The Russian embassy claimed on Wednesday that the Indian flag carrier, now controlled by the Tata Group, has ceased selling tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route, and the flight’s future is unknown.
“Dear fellow citizens. We draw your attention that the Indian airline Air India has stopped selling tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route, the prospects for resuming flights of this airline to Russia are uncertain at the moment. According to the Air India office, passengers are entitled to the full refund for the cancelled flights,” the Russian embassy said in a statement on its Telegram channel, according to state-run news agency TASS.
Furthermore, the Russian embassy stated that flights to Moscow from Delhi were still available through Tashkent, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and other locations. Russia announced earlier this week that COVID-19 restrictions on flights to and from 52 “friendly nations” will be lifted on Saturday. These include nations that have not ratified the most recent round of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
In reaction to Ukraine-related sanctions targeting its aviation sector, Russia has banned its airspace to aircraft from 36 nations, including all 27 members of the European Union. Western governments’ punitive actions have also caused Western corporations to cancel leasing arrangements with Russian airlines for over 500 aircraft.
The restrictions also prohibit Russian airlines from purchasing aircraft components or maintenance services from Europe or the United States, compounding the strain on the world’s 11th largest aviation market from a prohibition on utilising North American and European airspace.
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