mortenbaek From Denmark, joined Sep 2007, 42 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
I noticed how tonight's (and I believe I have seen it before, too) DY7201, OSL-BKK has taken a somewhat southernly route. As far as I can tell, the flight seems to deliberately avoid Russian airspace. Any insights?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26219 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
I think Russia still has high overflight/ATC charges. Some carriers probably prefer to take a routing that avoids Russia to reduce their costs. Also have to consider winds, weather, fuel consumption etc. as it may sometimes be cheaper to pay the fees if a shorter flight time saves enough fuel to compensate. Flight planning computer programs normally consider all those factors when choosing a route.