The European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme may be behind a decision by Russia to turn down requests from Lufthansa Cargo and Finnair for additional overflights. Russia has not specified an actual reason for the refusal, but a Russian diplomatic source stated, “The Commission and Russian side are in the process of talks over the ETS.”
The process of negotiating permission for overflights and market access via a maze of bilateral agreements is typically fraught with difficulties, but Russia is scheduled to phase out charges for such flights. However, Russia has threatened in the past to place restrictions on the use of its air corridors in protest against including aviation in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
[photo courtesy President of Russia]