This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to Reuters.

Hololei made the corresponding statement during the Airline Economics conference held in Ireland.

If one day Russian airspace is reopened to Western airlines, he said, “one thing will have to disappear: Trans-Siberian royalties.”

In April, it was reported that the plane of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was forced to cross the North Pole in order to bypass Russian airspace.