Germany refuses permits for flights from Russia

The German government is reacting with countermeasures to the refusal by the Moscow authorities to Approve flights from European airlines such as Lufthansa.

Since the Russian aviation authority has not given a timely approval for Lufthansa flights for the month of June, the Federal Aviation Authority is not approving any flights by Russian airlines for the time being, the Federal Ministry of Transport told the AFP news agency. A total of seven flights from Russia have so far been canceled.

The German press agency reported that flights planned for early Wednesday morning had been canceled the evening before. That is why the Federal Aviation Office did not issue any further permits for flights by Russian airlines as long as the permits on the Russian side were pending. Thus, flights by the companies Aeroflot and S7 could not have taken place on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, the background is that Russia unilaterally suspended bilateral agreements on regular services in March 2020 due to the corona pandemic. Therefore, fewer flights between the two countries, some on a monthly charter basis and on the basis of reciprocity, would be approved.

The Federal Ministry of Transport and the German embassy are in close contact with the Russian aviation authorities, it said in a message. As soon as the permits for Lufthansa flights are granted by the Russian side, the flights of Russian airlines would also be approved.

Lufthansa regretted the cancellation of its flights. For other flights planned for June, the airline expected "a timely approval," as the company announced in response to an AFP request. According to Lufthansa, a flight from Frankfurt am Main to Moscow planned for Wednesday evening should already take place again.