Pilot Sytnik called the savings the main advantage of “straightened” routesflights to Sochi on “straightened” routes through closed airspace will allow airlines to significantly reduce costs, Honored Pilot of Russia Yuri Sytnik believes.
In conversation with the “Tape.
“The “straightened” routes are the shortest distance between point A and point B. Due to a special military operation that is taking place on the territory of Ukraine, these routes have been changed. 11 airports of the southern direction are closed for the use of civil aviation, because there is a danger that aircraft may be hit by missiles from the Ukrainian side. Therefore, the decision to stop flights to these airfields was the right one,” he said.
The decision to change the routes of aircraft will be made by the Russian government after consultations with the Ministry of Transport and the Federal Air Transport Agency, the pilot explained. Sytnik named the conditions that will be taken into account.
If our troops have now advanced so far that the missiles do not reach Sochi airport and the straightened route, there is an option to allow aircraft to fly along these routes in order to improve the economy of the flights performed by Sytnik, a well—served pilot of Russia,”35-40 minutes is fuel consumption, this is the cost of the company, and [they] do not always pay off, especially if not all the chairs are occupied.
Therefore, if the government makes such a decision, it probably has calculated all the risks of hitting our aircraft and believes that they are minimal, so it is possible to allow these flights over the shortest distance,” Sytnik concluded.
Russia launched the first flight without babies on board the aircraft on August 27, 2022, As a source told TASS in one of the airlines, carriers will be able to fly on “straightened” routes to Sochi through part of the closed airspace in the south of the country from August 30.
This will reduce the duration of the flight by 30-35 minutes.
Since February 24, part of the airspace in the south and central part of Russia has been closed due to a special military operation in Ukraine. Flights to the air harbors of Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista are temporarily restricted. Sochi Airport did not suspend its work, but due to the closure of airspace in neighboring regions, the travel time increased to four hours.