30 MAY 2022


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Article from BTNews 30 MAY 2022

Russian slots at Heathrow *

Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) has clarified the situation regarding the Heathrow landing slots of Aeroflot.

(See BTN 23 May Slots at Heathrow.)

With Russian airlines banned from the UK for the winter 2022/23 season and summer 2024 they will be unable to meet their slot usage threshold requirements even if the flight bans and sanctions have been lifted by then.

"Slots over which Aeroflot, Rossiya and Ural currently hold historic rights for the winter 2022 season at UK coordinated airports will be returned to the slot pool for re-allocation to other carriers. ACL will issue further guidance shortly", the coordinator said.

In another move affecting Russian air carrier S7 Airlines, the large domestic operator, has been temporarily suspended from the oneworld alliance. The carrier revealed that the change was a cooperative agreement made by both parties.



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John Fellows, Kingston

Instead of putting the Aeroflot’s Heathrow slots in the pool why doesn’t ACL reallocated the landing privileges to Air Ukraine as a symbolic gesture. I think they were at Gatwick before the Russian invasion.