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Korean Air reroutes flights to avoid Russian airspace

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Korean Air is avoiding Russian airspace for its European and US operations, and passenger flights to Russia have been temporarily halted due to safety concerns.

Korean Air declared in a statement on March 15, 2022, that its planes will no longer operate across Russian and Ukrainian airspace. Cargo aircraft to Europe will no longer use Moscow as a transit point.

Following the Ukraine crisis, the South Korean flag airline said it was implementing the modifications due to concerns about local airport operations and safety.

According to Korean Air, passenger operations to Moscow and Vladivostok are being suspended.

Flights from Incheon (ICN) to London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt will now take a detour through China, Kazakhstan, and Turkey, adding 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes to travel times.

Korean Air indicated that itineraries from New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, Boston, and Toronto to ICN will now take a route over the Pacific Ocean via Alaska. This increases flying times by 1 hour to 1 hour 40 minutes.

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