Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has extended the suspension of its Asia-Europe flights for a few days as it continues to find routes that do not enter Russian airspace.
The Narita-based cargo operator said the suspension of its European flights would continue until March 13 due to “the current situation in Russia and Ukraine”.
NEC initial flight suspension began on March 4 and continued until March 9.
The flights affected by the extended suspension are services between Narita and Milan MXP and Schiphol.
“We are currently investigating air routes that do not cross Russian airspace,” the NCA said. “We aim to resume our European flights as soon as possible.”
He added, “We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. »
NCA is not the only carrier affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group, which includes AirBridgeCargo and Volga-Dnepr, had to halt operations to North America and Europe – two of its biggest markets – due to airspace restrictions.
AirBridgeCargo planes, however, flew between Russia, Asia and the Middle East in March.
Other airlines are affected by the obligation to take longer flight routes and have also had to cancel certain services.
Forwarders have warned that airspace bans will drive up supply chain costs.
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Nippon Cargo Airlines suspends European flights