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UAE flag carrier Emirates will continue to operate its aircraft to Russia and has no plans to suspend its operations unless directed otherwise, Reuters reported.
Speaking to reporters at the World Government Summit, Emirates Airlines president Tim Clark said that the airline does not carry sanctioned goods on its flights.
Clark was quoted by the news agency as saying: “As long as the state, our owner, requires us to fly there, we will continue.
“We carry humanitarian goods in our holds. We’ve got non-governmental organisations (NGOs) travelling in and out of Russia. We’ve got the diplomatic community going in and out of Russia … so all we’re doing is being an enabler, facilitator, without taking a political position on this for the time being.”
The move comes amid increasing sanctions on Russia by the West due to its offensive against Ukraine. However, the UAE Government has decided not to take sides between Western allies and Russia.
Currently, Emirates operates two flights from Dubai to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport (DME) on a daily basis.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many international carriers have paused their operations to Russia.
Earlier this week, Sri Lankan Airlines announced the suspension of its services between Sri Lanka and Moscow, Russia, until further notice. The Sri Lankan flag carrier cited operational constraints for its decision.
Korean Air also temporarily paused operations of its passenger jets to Moscow and Vladivostok. The airline said that the decision was made as a safety measure in light of the Ukraine conflict.