Monday, March 20, 2023

US airlines also want competitors out of Russian airspace

US airlines want rivals out of Russian skies too

 Due to the war in Ukraine, US airlines are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and at the White House to address what they perceive as a growing issue: They are losing business to unfamiliar contenders like Air India and Emirates who can take travelers between the US and Asia quicker and all the more economically.

These airlines are effectively out of the polar routes, which save time and fuel between the United States and a variety of other countries. Now, US airlines are putting pressure on the White House and Congress to impose the same restrictions on foreign airlines from nations that aren't already banned from Russian airspace. This would force them to fly the same routes as their American rivals.

To ensure that they would have a place to land in the event of an emergency, US airlines have altered their flight plans, reduced passenger and cargo loads to reduce costs while flying longer distances, and put more than a dozen planned new routes on hold.

According to a person who is familiar with the recent history, American Airlines has been forced to stop flights in Bangor, Maine, 19 times on its way from New Delhi to New York. These stops came in one and a half minutes short of the target time. Those stops,which were commonly brought about by ominous breezes or climate that exhausted the fly fuel supply and ran out the flight team's obligation hours, postponed travelers and constrained a trade out of 14 pilots and airline stewards.

The individual added that because it was necessary to carry less weight on board in order to ensure that the fuel would last as long as possible, those flights were already operating with dozens of seats deliberately left empty.

However, US airlines and their lobbyists assert that many foreign airlines are gaining more passengers on US-to-Russia routes because they are not prohibited from doing so. Proceeded with admittance to the more limited and more eco-friendly courses that Russian airspace gives is giving transporters like Air India, Emiratesand China Eastern Carriers an uncalled for advantage, the business campaigning bunch Aircrafts for America said.

Airlines for America estimated that US airlines would lose $2 billion annually in market share. Marli Collier, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, stated that the Biden administration ought to "take action to ensure that foreign carriers overflying Russia do not depart, land, or transit through US airports."

Officials with the transportation department declined to comment. However, officials in charge of national security are cognizant of the diplomatic repercussions that could result from actions directed at an established ally like India or from adding tension to the already strained relationship with China.

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