Air Astana confirms route change through Caspian Sea due to Russian missile launches
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.16
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Kazakhstan's national carrier Air Astana has adopted a decision to change the route of the Almaty-Baku-Almaty international flight due to Russian missile launches from the Caspian Sea, the public relations department of the company's main office told Trend Oct.16.
Earlier, Astana TV channel reported about the change of the route from Almaty to Baku and the plans to change the route of the flights to Istanbul and Tbilisi.
"The prices [for the flight] will not change," said the company.
However, the routes of the flights to Istanbul and Tbilisi haven't changed, since they were anyway running through the north part of the Caspian Sea.
Nevertheless, if necessary, these routes will also be changed and directed further north, according to Air Astana.
Russian air forces launched military operation in Syria Sept.30. Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the country's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, said on Oct.7 that the Caspian Flotilla warships fired at the facilities of the "Islamic State" in Syria, hitting all the targets.
Immediately after the use of cruise missiles by Russia, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the International Civil Aviation Organization warned about the danger to flights in the region. The European Aviation Safety Agency said that such missiles, before reaching Syria, fly over Iran and Iraq "below the levels used by civil aviation."
Edited by SI
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