Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines said on March 11 that the company was temporarily suspending flights to Russia, following sanctions imposed on Moscow for its military incursion into Ukraine.
The company said in a press release that sanctions and restrictions are imposed on insurance/reinsurance, rental, operation and maintenance services on flights to and from the Russian Federation in accordance with a regulation of the European Union.
“Due to the operational risks arising from this situation, all Pegasus Airlines flights to and from the Russian Federation are temporarily suspended effective March 13, 2022 inclusive, until March 27, 2022,” he said. stated in the press release.
The statement stresses that passengers are entitled to free ticket changes and full refunds on flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Mineralnye Vody, Grozny, Makhachkala and Krasnodar between the specified dates.
Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s national airline, Air Astana, has also decided to suspend flights to Russia.
Air Astana, which operates flights to several destinations in Russia, said it was looking to “restore flights as soon as possible”. The carrier’s decision means there are no direct connections between Moscow and Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.
Russians and foreigners seeking to leave and return to Russia have used the Almaty connection and connections to cities in other ex-Soviet countries not participating in Moscow sanctions as transit points.