Some Russian carriers have been pushing for the reopening of some passenger flights to China, the Russian Transport Ministry's State Civil Aviation Service (GSGA) told RIA Novosti.
Novosibirsk-based Sibir airline has requested that the GSGA clear the renewal of Novosibirsk-Urumqi flights, a destination in western China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region where no cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been reported. But the carrier is not planning to renew flights to other major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shenyang.
Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot requested authorization for flights to some Chinese destinations, vowing that "all measures of stringent medical control" will be adopted. The airline did get the permission and now flies five weekly flights to China out of its former seven.
Completely banning air travel to countries where SARS cases have been registered - these number 32 already - is not an option, officials at the GSGA noted. In China, for example, Russia is building a series of large facilities, such as a nuclear power plant.
"But we can toughen control over passengers, which is what we are doing," GSGA officials said.
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations