New Delhi: Indian carrier Air India has reportedly canceled its Delhi-Moscow flight over the heightened threat perception amid the Ukraine-Russia war. Passengers who have already been booked on flights will be provided a full refund.
Confirming the cancellation, an Air India spokesperson denied commenting on the reason for the cancellation.
The Russian embassy said Air India has stopped selling tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route and the prospects for the resumption of the services are uncertain.
“Dear fellow citizens. We draw your attention that the Indian airline Air India has stopped selling tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route, the prospects for resuming flights of this airline to Russia are uncertain at the moment,” the Russian embassy said in a statement, as reported by Russian news agency Tass.
Air India operates Delhi-Moscow-Delhi flights twice a week and in absence of an Air India direct flight, passengers flying to Moscow will have to use transit routes through Tashkent, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.
After Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukraine’s airspace was closed for all airlines. Russian airspace was closed for US, Canada, and European airlines. Air India was continuing to use Russian airspace.