RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Starting February 28, Russia introduced a temporary ban on regular and charter flights from the Russian Federation to Iran and back, except for flights of Aeroflot and Mahan air airlines.
The introduction of a temporary ban was reported on Thursday at the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. Earlier, only Aeroflot and Mahan air flew regularly to Iran. Charter flights could also be carried out.
Flights to and from Iran will pass through terminal F of the Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. All flights from China have been transferred to this terminal; from March 1, all planes from South Korea and Italy will also arrive there. Flights to other destinations were withdrawn from this terminal.
Rostourism previously recommended that tourists refrain from visiting Italy, South Korea and Iran after the Rospotrebnadzor reports on the increase in the number of patients with coronavirus infection in these countries.
Russia on the background of the outbreak in China of a new coronavirus from February 1 began to limit air traffic with this country. Then all regular flights were discontinued, with the exception of Aeroflot flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, as well as flights from four Chinese carriers.
The rest switched to charter mode. Since February 14, charters were also terminated. Starting March 1, because of the coronavirus, Russian flights with South Korea will be stopped, except for Aeroflot and Korean Air flights, Aurora, Siberia and Yakutia airlines will only take citizens to their countries with their charters.
On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province). Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.
Not only coronavirus
There were other difficulties with flights to Iran. The Federal Air Transport Agency previously recommended that Russian airlines not to use the airspace of Iran, Iraq, the Persian and Oman gulfs in connection with the data on the existing risks to the security of international flights of civil aircraft. Aeroflot moved flights to Tehran in the morning to better identify aircraft.
This happened after the Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Airlines operating flight to Kiev crashed shortly after leaving Tehran’s airport on January 8. Killed all 176 people on board: 167 passengers from Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Britain, Sweden and Afghanistan and nine crew members.
The Iranian military said on January 11 that the Ukrainian Boeing was shot down by accident, the human factor was to blame: the plane flew near the Iranian military facility and was mistaken for an “enemy target”, namely for a cruise missile, they specified.
At the same time, Iran noted that they expected attacks from the United States, and therefore the country’s air defense systems were put on full alert.
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