American Airlines avoids Russian airspace

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed April 17, 2018 16:54

American Airlines avoids Russian airspace

American Airlines is facing restricted airspace on three US-Asia flights. Since April 14, Dallas-Hong Kong, Dallas-Beijing and Chicago-Beijing flights have refuelled in Los Angeles, as the company opted to route planes over the Pacific Oceanto avoid Russian airspace.

In a statement, American Airlines said: “American continues to coordinate with Airlines for America (a US carrier lobby group), the US Department of State, Department for Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.

“At this time, in order to avoid the potential of restricted airspace, three flights to Asia from the US may require a technical stop to refuel and crew.

“While this is not a sustainable long-term solution, we are doing everything possible to minimise the disruption for our customers and team members including coordinating with our code-share and Oneworld partners.”

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed April 17, 2018 16:54