CometII
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Flights To Important But Prohibited Places

Sat Feb 05, 2000 2:09 am

I'm just curious...

Have all airlines stopped service to Belgrade, Yugoslavia?
Did any airlines serve Belgrade BEFORE the NATO bombing? And what about the Yugoslav Airlines? Are they still in service?
The same question for Baghdad, Iraq.

Without getting into geo-politics here:
Why is it that flying to Havana, Cuba is fine, but not to these cities? To me, it should be an all or nothing style policy.


 
LHMark
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RE: Flights To Important But Prohibited Places

Sat Feb 05, 2000 2:12 am

Certainly, policies should vary from country to country, based on their relationships with the rogue destination states.

Incidentally, the US and North Korea reached an agreement last summer that allows American carriers to fly to Pyongyang. Strangely enough, no airline has innaugurated a route...
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
 
CometII
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RE: Flights To Important But Prohibited Places

Sat Feb 05, 2000 2:15 am

Let me make myself clearer:

It should be an all or nothing policy, but with each country. So the US, has a firm policy, no flights to Cuba, Yugoslavia, or Iraq.

Europe, is a different matter, many countries with inconsistent policies towards air travel to rogue nations.
 
JAT
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RE: Flights To Important But Prohibited Places

Sat Feb 05, 2000 3:14 am

Before the Kosovo crsis JAT Yugoslav Airlines had 44 destinations in Europe, China and tge Mediterranean. Now it flies to Moscow, Larnaca, Beijing, Skopje and I think that is it. Had the Kosovo crissis not broken out they would have started flights to North America by the end of '99. They were also supposed to recieve 8 new A319's to replace some of their 727's and DC-9's.

As far as foerign airlines go, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Alitalia, Aroflot, Swissair, CSA, Olympic, etc. flew to Belgrade before the Kosovo crisis. Now only Aeroflot flies to Belgarde along side Montenegro Airlines. After the crisis ended the EU wanted to lift the air embargo but the US vetoed that decision.

Before the former Yugoslavia broke up JAT at one point had transported 9.3million passengers a year, the amount Aeroflot transports today.

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