Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish budget airline, said on March 11 that it was temporarily halting its flights to Russia as a result of sanctions placed on Moscow for its military intervention in Ukraine.
According to a press statement from the company, penalties and limits are being placed on insurance/reinsurance, leasing, operation, and maintenance services on flights to and from the Russian Federation in compliance with a European Union rule, according to the company.
Because of the operational dangers posed by this circumstance, Pegasus Airlines has decided to cease all flights to and from the Russian Federation beginning on March 13, 2022, and continuing until March 27, 2022, the company stated in a statement.
It was specifically stated in the announcement that customers on flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Mineralnye Vody, Grozny, Makhachkala, and Krasnodar within the aforementioned dates are entitled to free ticket modifications and full refunds on such flights.
In the meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s national airline, Air Astana, has chosen to postpone its flights to and from Russia as a precaution.
In a statement, Air Astana, which runs flights to various cities around Russia, said it was working to “restore operations as quickly as feasible.” As a result of the airline’s decision, there are no direct flights between Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan’s capital and biggest city.
In order to get out of and back into Russia, Russians and foreigners have been exploiting the Almaty link, as well as connections to towns in other former Soviet Union nations that are not engaging in sanctions against Moscow, as ports of passage.