Kazakh national carrier Air Astana and Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines announced on Friday that they were temporarily suspending flights to Russia, following sanctions imposed on Moscow for what it calls a “military operation”. in Ukraine.
The companies made the decision due to uncertainties about insuring planes bound for Russia, they said in separate press releases.
Air Astana, which operates flights to several destinations in Russia, said it was looking to “restore flights as soon as possible”.
Pegasus Airlines has announced that its flights to Russia will be suspended from March 13-27.
The Turkish airline said the move was linked to “operational risks” due to sanctions imposed by the European Union.
As a result of Western sanctions, the insurances of air carriers operating flights to Russia are no longer valid.
To continue operating requires financial guarantees from the state, as Israel has done for its airlines operating flights to Russia.
Britain, Canada, the European Union and the United States have suspended flights to Russia and closed their airspace to Russian planes as part of the sanctions.
Russia retaliated, preventing airlines from these countries from flying over its territory.
Air links are still open from some countries to and from Russia, including Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.