Lufthansa Cargo gains rights to overfly Siberia

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German and Russian authorities have agreed a compromise on overflight of Siberian airspace by Lufthansa Cargo.

The carrier and AeroLogic, its joint venture with DHL Express, have received clearance to overfly the Russian region for 21 services per week linking Europe with Southeast Asia.

The airlines may not necessarily use Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo airport as a stopping point for Asian flights, given the long-range capability of Boeing 777 freighters deployed on these routes.

In exchange, Volga-Dnepr scheduled subsidiary AirBridgeCargo has been granted fifth-freedom rights to operate three weekly US flights from Frankfurt International airport. At present, the carrier performs four flights per week to Chicago from Moscow Sheremetyevo using 747 freighters.

Sources close to the negotiations say the resulting solution represents a “pretty equivalent tradeoff” in terms of flight hours, fuel savings and commercial revenue for both sides.