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Aircraft. Czech Republic revokes transit ban on Russian companies

Airspace reopened again until July 7

Czech Republic has reopened its airspace to Russian airlines. The permit, as the Prague transport ministry explained, will last until July 7, due to what was decided by Moscow, which in turn had closed its airspace to Czech companies. The two countries are arguing over the use of trans-Siberian routes travelled by Czech companies to reach many eastern destinations. Prague is not satisfied about conditions applied to its carrier Czech Airlines along the trans-Siberian routes between Prague and Seoul and thus has revoked Russia's transit permits on the Moscow-Prague-Moscow route. It has caused the cancellation of many flights of Russian flag company Aeroflot, of low-cost Pobeda and Urals carrier. Russian transport ministry has announced that the closure violates the agreement on air communication between the two countries and wants to resolve the problem as soon as possible. "The Czech Republic and Russia want to reach an agreement: the current air transport crisis was the result of a failed agreement between the flight departments of the two countries", the Czech Ministry of Transport said in a statement, quoted by "TASS" agency.

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