Analysis: European airlines get creative for Tokyo routes

With Russian airspace out of bounds until further notice, airlines across Europe have dusted off the atlas (and abacus) to establish if and how vital routes to northern and eastern parts of Asia can continue.

While passenger demand between the two continents was already dampened due to residual pandemic travel restrictions, many of Europe’s biggest carriers had been offering regular services to the Far East’s most lucrative markets before the war in Ukraine. Almost all of these flew over Russia en route to their final destination, something which is now strictly off the table.

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