Air India has cancelled its twice-a-week flight from Delhi to Moscow over fear of being unable to give insurance coverage due to the heightened threat perception amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
All Air India flights are insured by international agencies, sources said. The airline is among those that continue to use Russian airspace following the country's attack on Ukraine.
The Russian embassy last week had reported that the Indian flag carrier, now controlled by the Tata Group, had stopped selling tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route and the prospects of the flight are unclear.
"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. According to Air India office, passengers are entitled to the full refund for the cancelled flights," the Russian embassy said in a statement on its Telegram channel, according to state-run news agency TASS.
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However, the Russian embassy said that it was still possible to fly to Moscow from Delhi using transit routes through Tashkent, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and other destinations.
Russia has closed its airspace to airlines from 36 countries, including all 27 members of the European Union, in response to Ukraine-related sanctions targeting its aviation sector.