Russia further restricted transport access on Sunday, banning a large amount of flights to and from foreign destinations. The move largely affects routes to secondary cities and holiday resorts, with most capital cities exempt.
The exceptions are regular routes connecting the Russian capital with 146 foreign principal airports and charter flights that are necessary to carry repatriated individuals home.
It works like this. In any one country, as a general rule, airlines may only fly to the state’s principal destination. Thus, in the US it’s New York, rather than Washington and in Australia, Sydney gets the nod ahead of Canberra.
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport is the only hub allowed to handle international flights, and they are restricted to one of its six terminals. A testing regime has been set up there to greet arrivals.
Similar restrictions were earlier imposed on air traffic with countries seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic, such as the US, China, Britain, Norway, Switzerland, and EU member states.