This comes after the Russian embassy informed that Air India has stopped issuing tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route.
New Delhi: According to reports, the Tata Group-owned Air India has suspended its twice-a-week flight from Delhi to Moscow after the company’s insurers told the airline that it will not secure insurance coverage given the heightened security concerns amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This comes after the Russian embassy informed that Air India has stopped issuing tickets on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi route. According to sources, in a statement through its Telegram channel, the embassy said, “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 further said it is possible to fly from Delhi to Moscow via the transit routes through “Tashkent, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and other destinations”.
While Air India renews its insurance for each aircraft every financial year, it usually buys cover from Oriental Insurance Company, New India Assurance, National Insurance Company and United India Insurance Company and the insurances are underwritten by international companies.
Earlier this week, Moscow had said it wants to discontinue Covid protocols on flights with as many 52 “friendly countries”. These are the countries that have not joined in imposing sanctions on Russia for its move against Ukraine. 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.