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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A commerce group representing main U.S. passenger and cargo carriers has requested the State Division to “act urgently” to deal with the wants of airways to safe rights to overfly Russian airspace, based on a letter seen by Reuters.
Airways for America, which represents American Airways (NASDAQ:), Delta Airways (NYSE:), United Airways, FedEx Corp (NYSE:), United Parcel Service (NYSE:) and others, in an Oct. 14 letter requested Secretary of State Antony Blinken for his intervention, warning that with out motion they might be compelled to halt some flights.
“Many U.S. airways urgently want extra rights to overfly Russian airspace to satisfy market calls for,” the letter stated, including with out extra rights “U.S. airways can be compelled to function on alternate, inefficient routes leading to time penalties, technical stops, extra CO2 emissions and lack of historic slot rights.”
The Russian Embassy in Washington didn’t reply to requests for remark. The airline group didn’t remark.
The State Division confirmed it obtained the letter and stated “Russia accredited U.S. carriers’ purposes for overflights final week. The Division of State continues to interact with the related Russian authorities to safe expanded air companies alternatives for U.S. carriers.”
Sources stated the U.S. authorities has held intensive interagency discussions on the problem.
The airline group’s chief govt, Nicholas Calio, within the letter stated “U.S. passenger airways want extra Russian overflights to function effectively from the U.S. to locations in Asia, India, and the Center East.”
He added that “U.S. all-cargo carriers want restoration of overflight rights on all-cargo routes between factors in Europe and Asia that had been mutually agreed upon however had been unilaterally stripped away by the Russian authorities.”
The airways additionally despatched the letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
The airways requested “that State Division officers act urgently and pursue discussions with their Russian counterparts geared toward addressing extra overflight capability for each side in time for the upcoming air visitors winter season.”
Calio stated the Russian authorities “is keen on seeing progress on the processing of visas earlier than they are going to contemplate discussing extra overflight capability for U.S. airways.”
The American Embassy stopped processing most visa purposes in Might because of Moscow’s https://www.reuters.com/world/us/moscow-decries-us-move-call-russians-homeless-visa-purposes-2021-10-24 ban on using embassy workers in Russia.
With ties already at post-Chilly Conflict lows, Russia and the USA are in a dispute over the variety of diplomats they will submit to one another’s capitals, and didn’t make progress at talks this month.
Calio warned that with out motion “U.S. carriers may have to think about mitigation measures, together with schedule reductions. This end result would make U.S. carriers far much less aggressive globally … and can exacerbate the rising backlog of cargo and categorical shipments wanted to cut back the stress on the availability chain.”
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