A business daily newspaper in Russia is reporting that the country may ban or impose restrictions on European airlines using trans-Siberian routes because of the EU sanctions placed on Russia over Ukraine. This will raise the cost of EU flights to Asia.
Dobrolyot, a budget airline run by Aeroflot, was forced to suspend all its flights last week because of sanctions placed on it by the EU. Russian transport and foreign ministries are now discussing placing restrictions on EU flights over Russian land in retaliation. The ban could affect British Airways, Lufthansa, and Air France in addition to European carriers. It would also affect Aeroflot, which receives fees from all the airlines that fly over Russian territory.
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