American Airlines resumes flying over Russian airspace after one-day halt

Spokesperson says operation was stopped due to its monitoring of 'global geopolitical issues'

Reuters April 16, 2018

American Airlines Group Inc on Sunday resumed flying routes that use Russian airspace after having rerouted flights on Saturday due to its monitoring of “global geopolitical issues”, a spokesperson said.

US President Donald Trump on Friday evening announced military strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities.

On Saturday, American Airlines’ Dallas-Beijing, Dallas-Hong Kong and Chicago-Beijing flights had stopped in Los Angeles to refuel because the routes cannot be flown non-stop without the use of Russian airspace.

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“The team at American regularly monitors global geopolitical issues and makes changes to aircraft routings when warranted,” the spokesperson said. “We operated our normal schedule April 15.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further attacks on Russian ally Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

A broad agreement that allows US and Russian jets to use each other’s airspace is set to expire this week, logistics industry publication The Loadstar reported earlier this month.

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