Norway and Russia create highways in the sky

New air routes between Norway and Russia enable increased traffic in Norwegian air space, less CO2 emissions for each flight and lower costs for the airlines.

An on-going collaboration between Avinor and the supplier of Russian air traffic services, Federal Air Navigation Service (Rosaeronavigatsia) forms the basis for important route developments between Norwegian and Russian air space. As late as last year, new routes were opened in which overflights enter Norwegian air space midway between Finnmark and Bjørnøya.

"New routes will always be a topic of the collaboration we have with our large neighbour to the East", says the head of the Control Centre in Avinor, Jens Petter Duestad.

Avoids stopovers and shortens the journey

For the airlines, the new routes mean shorter distances, less use of fuel and fewer stopovers.

"This creates possibilities for new markets, particularly for what we call 'ultra long haul' flights. A recent example of such a flight is the New Delhi - New York route, which has a flying time of close to 16 hours", says Duestad. He adds that the newer long range aircrafts also have enabled these routes.

Strong developments after the fall of the Soviet Union

Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, collaboration with Russia was more difficult. However, since then developments have been rapid. This has particularly been the case in recent years. In 2003, there were about 500 flights annually between Norwegian and Russian air space. Today, there are more than 1000 flights.

"In principle, there are now no differences between the collaborations we have with Russia and the Murmansk Control Centre and those we have with Stockholm, Malmø and Copenhagen", says Duestad.
Sindre Anonsen


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