Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has halted all its international flights from Tuesday, 08th March 2022 (00:00 Moscow time) due to additional circumstances that prevent the performance of flights.
Aeroflot said that the temporary suspension of international flights will also apply to international destinations scheduled by its subsidiaries Rossiya and Avrora airlines (flights in the SU5400-5799 and SU5950-6999 range).
Prior to this suspension, the airline has operated its last flight from India’s Delhi to Moscow on Sunday, 06th March 2022.
“The Aeroflot aircraft that flew Moscow-Delhi will be flying back to Moscow on Sunday as a scheduled flight. Subsequent flights may get suspended like all or most other international routes of the airline.”Advertisement
It may be noted that both Aeroflot and Air India operate twice-weekly flights between Moscow and Delhi under the India-Russia air bubble.
AI continue to operate flights between Moscow and Delhi
On Saturday, an Air India flight (AI 195) flew from Delhi to Moscow’s SVO airport. “We have flights from Delhi to Moscow on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We are operating this route,” said an Air India official.
The Delhi route has been doing very well for Aeroflot. The airline, say sources, uses its Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 on this sector.
“The occupancy was over 80-85%. Even business class was seeing good demand,” say sources. AI deploys its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on this route. The Maharaja still overflies Russian airspace on its highly popular US nonstops.
US carrier United has suspended its Delhi-San Francisco and Mumbai-Newark direct flights after the decision to stop overflying Russian airspace. United’s Delhi-Newark and Delhi-Chicago flights are on as they avoid the airspace. While AI may look at adding more US nonstops, Vistara is also considering the same.
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