Emirates Airline has defended its choice to proceed its flights to Russia, whereas different worldwide carriers have halted service, saying the selections of the folks and the federal government shouldn’t be confused.
Talking to CNBC on Tuesday, the chairman and CEO of Dubai State Airline mentioned it has not obtained any directions from the federal government to stop operations and, due to this fact, passengers have an obligation to keep up their service.
“No less than we’re doing one factor. We’re connecting folks between the 2 international locations,” mentioned Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“We actually should not combine between the selections of the folks and the federal government,” he advised CNBC’s Dan Murphy.
A number of main worldwide airways, together with British Airways and Air France-KLM, suspended flights to Russia earlier this 12 months in response to the nation’s invasion of Ukraine. The transfer was swiftly retaliated by Russia’s main airline Aeroflot, which halted all worldwide flights besides Belarus.
In the meantime, a number of Western allies have banned direct flights from Russia from coming into their airspace as a part of a rising package deal of sanctions towards President Vladimir Putin and his regime.
Dubai-owned Emirates is among the few main airways to proceed its direct flight service to Russia as different carriers stop operations following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Nonetheless, the United Arab Emirates has been reluctant to take sides within the ongoing conflict, and has to date resisted sanctioning Moscow.
Al Maktoum mentioned that till the federal government adjustments its stance, Emirates will proceed to function its flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“It’s the choice of the federal government. We’ve got not truly obtained any instruction to cease flights there,” he mentioned.
Al Maktoum mentioned the conflict and the ensuing sanctions undoubtedly put extra pressure on airways as they try to recuperate from their pandemic.
Nonetheless, he added that Emirates continues to see robust demand general and expects to return to full pre-Covid operations by the top of the monetary 12 months.