International Flights into Russia Amidst Western Sanctions

posted on 21st March 2022 by Eddie Saunders
International Flights into Russia Amidst Western Sanctions

Using VesselsValue data, Paul Saupe, ADS-B Analyst, explores the flights and their respective countries that continued to operate into Russia.

This article looks into the reduced connectivity between Russia and the West amidst ongoing political tensions, highlighting the airlines that have bypassed sanctions placed on Russian aircraft entering Western airspace.

“Over the last 17 days, we saw that most routes into Russia have been from the United Arab Emirates, with Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) being the most heavily serviced route.

“The most popular airframe between DXB and VKO between 1st and 17th March 2022 was the 737-800, performing 54 out of the 73 flights.

“Running a very close second are services from Turkey.

“The cessation of flights from most European countries is clearly a direct consequence of the closure of their airspace to Russian aircraft, and then Russia’s response to do the same to European aircraft in return.

“Serbia stands out as a point of interest, given its location in the middle of the European Union (and NATO) territory.

“The most popular route between Serbia and Russia is Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO).

“It is clear that Western sanctions have significantly changed flight connectivity and routing patterns into and out of Russia.

“It is also clear that connectivity to Russia has not been choked off completely, with Turkey and now the United Arab Emirates acting as the main global gateways.

“The reciprocal closure of airspace has also disrupted both Russian and non Russian traffic flows, adding significant travel time and fuel burn to affected flights…”

Read the full article here.