Russian air space closure means millions in extra costs - Lufthansa CEO

FRANKFURT, GERMANYLufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said routing flights to bypass Russian air space will cost the German flag carrier an extra single-digit million-euro per month.



"Some long-haul planes are now up to 15 hours in the air to reach countries like China, Japan, South Korea," said Spohr during a press call with reporters on Thursday.

Spohr also said higher fuel costs would be partly offset by ceased royalties to Russia for overflights and that some passenger flights to Asia were worth operating due to cargo capacity.

Passenger flights in Asia made up less than 2% of available seat kilometers due to ongoing travel restrictions in China and other Asian countries, a steep drop from the 20% they made up before the coronavirus pandemic hit the industry, Spohr said, who described the impact as small. (Via Reuters)

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