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EU Operators Register Flight Time Extensions Due to Russian Airspace Closure

The latest report published by Eurocontrol showed that the closure of Russian airspace to European operators had a significant impact on flight time between different destinations.

Data provided by Eurocontrol shows that flight time between Helsinki (Finland) and Tokyo (Japan) has increased by about five hours, more specifically by 286 minutes, reports.

“The closure of Russian airspace to EU operators has a significant impact – up to 5 additional flying hours on a Helsinki-Tokyo flight,” Eurocontrol General Manager Eamon Brennan wrote on his official Twitter account.

Flights between other destinations also register time extensions. Flying time between Helsinki and Beijing has increased by nearly four hours, and flights between Paris and Tokyo have clocked up two and a half hours longer than before.

The time between Frankfurt and Tokyo was extended by more than three hours, those between Amsterdam and Beijing clocked more than an hour and a half, and finally, flights between Frankfurt and Beijing were clocked up more than one hour. Accessories.

In addition, due to the current war in Ukraine, Eurocontrol showed that there is no traffic in Ukraine. Air traffic in Moldova has also decreased significantly.

>> Europe and Russia ban other airlines from flying in their airspace

As for general activity within the European Union, Eurocontrol revealed through the same report that from February 24 to March 2, the top ten airlines registered fewer flights compared to the pre-pandemic period.

SAS Group, Lufthansa Airlines and British Airways recorded the largest declines. SAS Group air activity from February 24 to March 2 decreased by 48 percent compared to the same week in 2019.

Moreover, during the same period, Lufthansa and British Airways recorded a 47 percent decrease compared to the pre-pandemic period.

Among all the EU countries, Eurocontrol showed that Germany, Spain, France and Italy log the highest number of flights. From February 24 to March 2, Germany recorded a total of 3,302 flights, followed by Spain with 3,2288 flights, France with 3,164 flights, and Italy with 2,236 flights.

“Compared to last week, the ranking of the top four has changed, with Germany overtaking Spain and France,” reads part of Eurocontrol’s overall air traffic assessment.

Earlier, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that travel activity in Europe is expected to reach 103 percent of pre-pandemic levels in 2024.

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