Russian airlines asked to be allowed to fly over Syria
The request of the carriers is since Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Eritrea, and Yemen refused to let Russian planes through their airspace to Egypt.
After the closure of Jordanian airspace for aircraft from the Russian Federation, Russian airlines flying to Egypt asked the Federal Air Transport Agency to lift the ban on flights through Syria, which was introduced almost ten years ago due to the war in the country.
According to The Moscow Times, the request of the carriers is since Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Eritrea, and Yemen refused to let Russian planes with dual registration into their airspace. Problems, in particular, arose with NordWind and its affiliates Icarus and iFly.
It is noted that the Federal Air Transport Agency in April 2013 banned flights over Syria due to reports of a threat of rocket attack on the NordWind aircraft, which was flying from Egypt to Kazan. Rosaviatsia has already applied to the Russian Foreign Ministry and received approval there. However, the decision has yet to be agreed upon with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
According to the publication, if carriers do not receive permission to fly through Syria, they will have no other options, says Dmitry Gorin, vice president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry. This will lead to a "price adjustment for flights," he said. Approximately 3,000 Russians will also have difficulty returning from Egypt.