Russian airlines have requested permission to fly to Italy
On September 23, the Rosaviatsia website published information about a request of a number of air carriers for regular flights admissions to Italy. So, Aeroflot intends to fly from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Rimini with frequency two flights per week. The low-cost airline Pobeda wants to send liners from Vnukovo to Pisa with the same intensity. Azimut Airlines requested two flights a week to Milan from Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar, Royal Flight - one flight every seven days from Novosibirsk to Rimini, and Nordwind - two flights from St. Petersburg to Pisa.
As an expert, closed to the aviation authorities, explained, nothing is known about any progress in the relevant negotiations between countries. As for carrier’s requests of route clearances - this is common practice and does not mean the carrier will fly soon. Permits are long-term and can be issued for more than one year in advance.
According to the expert, the next countries with which air traffic will be resumed, most likely, will be Armenia, as well as representatives of the Caribbean region - Cuba, Mexico and, possibly, the Dominican Republic. Negotiations with them have a better chance for success than with the countries of Europe and Southeast Asia.
As for the flights to Belarus, allowed from September 21, Aeroflot intends to start flights from Moscow to Minsk on September 26. The Belarusian national carrier Belavia has not yet received permission from the Russian aviation authorities and is unlikely to start the flights earlier than October 1. So far, only one flight per week is possible between countries. In future, the frequencies can be increased.