Member since 06 Oct 2021
Total posts 7
Our group has just canned our SYD/DRW/LHR for a different airline without 6hrs over Russia. I'm told U.S. and UK carriers have already stopped overflying, with other EU carriers such as KL & LH from today. Quite apart from not fancying a tech/medical diversion or worse in those surroundings, several members of our group weren't keen on any of our fare dollars being spent bolstering Russia through overflight fees, even at the expense of their lost QF points!
I gather the PER/LHR route can go south - any chance of that being brought forward, even if it means transit pax stay on board?
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 312
Another option would be to shift DRW to LHR to flying over the Middle East. One would think QF would be considering their options.
There's staffing and scheduling issues for QF to consider if they shift the route, so it's not typically something that happens at short notice.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 668
Bullswood, I’m sure alternative routings are in play here. I’m sure the Darwin Heathrow can also go south.
I imagine most QF LHR passengers have no idea they will be spending so many hours over Russia - the benefit of flat earth maps!
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Oct 2012
Total posts 25
Just read a story on this and the Qantas captain having to explain to passengers in the lounge at Darwin why they were going to fly over Russia. I'm looking at flights later in the year and there is no way I would consider flying over Russia or China at the moment. I'm sure they will continue to justify it - until something goes horribly wrong.
I understand routing changed from tonight.
Member since 22 May 2018
Total posts 44
From what I have read many airlines are changing their routes to avoid flying over Russia.. or alternatively Russia is banning then from flying over Russia. Bullswood (above) has the local response.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 27 Feb 2015
Total posts 6
I have SIN/HEL booked for 21 April, Hard to not fly over Russia for HEL, I imagine by then even Finnair may have to travel via the Baltic.
Member since 28 Aug 2015
Total posts 65
Flew LHR-DRW today and the route went south over the Middle East and India. As a result it took an hour longer. Conversely on the way over to London last week we took a northerly route over Russia and shaved an hour off the flight time.
Personally not sure why there is an issue of flying over northern Russia when the conflict is to the south - the southern route actually took us a lot closer to Ukraine
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 253
Originally Posted by MrT
Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus
Member since 15 Jan 2013
Total posts 92
what other options and this applies from Sydney or Melbourne where the flights start for a Transit stop can they use without the hassles?far fetched ideas could be Tokyo,Los Angeles,Vancouver where the plane refuels then continues to London or at a Stretch Anchorage or Seoul.
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