Russia’s aviation industry is one of the most affected by the sanctions. Many countries closed airspace to Russian flights, while Russian airlines, including Aeroflot, have begun dismantling planes to provide other airliners with spare parts that they can no longer buy abroad due to sanctions. After February 24, almost all international airlines and major aircraft builders left the Russian market.
However, 38 international airlines are still operating in Russia. For instance, some of the neighboring countries continue flights to Russia: Belavia (Belarus), Buta Airways (Azerbaijan), Armenia (Armenia), Avia Air Traffic (Kyrgyzstan), Azal (Azerbaijan), Flyone Armenia (Armenia), Qazaq (Kazakhstan), Qanot Sharq (Uzbekistan), SCAT (Kazakhstan), Somon Air (Tajikistan), Uzbekistan Airways (Uzbekistan).
Other companies that continue flights to Russia include Air Algerie (Algeria), Air Arabia (ОАЕ), Air Serbia (Serbia), AlMasria Universal Airlines (Egypt), AnadoluJet (Turkey), Ariana Afghan Airlines (Afghanistan), Conviasa (Venezuela), Corendon Airlines (Turkey), EgyptAir (Egypt), El Al Israel Airlines (Israel), Emirates Airlines (ОАЕ), Etihad Airways (ОАЕ), Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia), FlyDubai (ОАЕ), Gulf Air (Bahrain), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Mavi Gök Aviation (Turkey), Mahan Air (Iran), Mongolian Airlines (Mongolia), Nouvelair (Tunisia), Pegasus Airlines (Turkey), Southwind (Turkey) Qatar Airways (Qatar), Royal Jordanian (Jordan), Turkish Airlines (Turkey), Cham Wings (Syria) та Air China (China).
Wizz Air is suspending plans to resume flights from Moscow to Abu Dhabi (UAE) amid critics’ calls for a boycott of the company. This month, Wizz Air said flights between Abu Dhabi and Moscow would resume in October.
Therefore, by the end of the month, 38 international airlines will operate in Russia. Russian airlines are taking steps to dodge sanctions.