Russia blocks German cargo airlines

The Russian government has denied carrier AeroLogic any traffic rights for crossing its territory on flights between Germany and East Asia. The DHL Express / Lufthansa Cargo joint venture (50/50) had applied for 30 over flights per week for the current summer period.


Russia blocks German cargo airlines


The Russian government has denied carrier AeroLogic any traffic rights for crossing its territory on flights between Germany and East Asia. The DHL Express / Lufthansa Cargo joint venture (50/50) had applied for 30 over flights per week for the current summer period.

“All we got from the Russian authorities was a ‘njet’ without any further explanation,” said AeroLogic’s managing director Ulf Weber during an exclusive telephone interview with Payload Asia. This is even more incomprehensible since up until now Moscow always has conceded his airline all requested traffic rights for utilising Russian air space.

Asked about the consequences Weber said that AeroLogic now circumvents Russia by flying via Kazakhstan and neighboring nations located south of Siberia. “This prolongs the trips, leads to more fuel burn as well as greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the payload on our routes to Incheon, Hong Kong and destinations in Central China,” Weber explained. The additional financial burden this will cause for his enterprise he was unable to exactly estimate. The manager prompted the German government to take immediate political action to end this one-sided embargo imposed by the Russian authorities.

The second airline that is affected by Moscow’s aviation hardliners is Lufthansa Cargo. “We had applied for 40 flights across Siberian air space but were conceded only 29,” stated head of communication Nils Haupt. The differing eleven are now conducted via Kazakhstan with technical stops of the MD-11Fs in Almaty. Similar to AeroLogic, Haupt claims additional costs, higher kerosene consumption of the aircraft, and more CO2 emissions due to the 50 minutes longer duration of each flight.