Database of the Russian Airlines that Flew to the Occupied Crimea in March 2018


Olha KORBUT
Expert of the monitoring group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs

Translated by Tetyana PUCHKOVA

The monitoring group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs has summed up the results of monitoring Russian airlines’ illegal flights to the occupied Crimea in March 2018.


Airbus A320-214. VP-BTZ, Ural Airlines. Photo: planefinder

In March of this year, 1558 flights went to and from the airport of Simferopol. Last year the number was 1462. The largest number of March flights to and from the occupied Crimea took place in 2016, amounting to 1762, while 2015 saw the total 1580 to and from Simferopol.

Passenger trafic to the occupied peninsula was carried out exclusively by the Russian airlines, namely: ​Aeroflot,​ Ural Airlines,​ Rossiya,​ Globus, UVT, Red Wings, Nordwind Airlines​, Ikar(Pegas) and NordAvia. ​

The Dynamics of the Passenger Flights to and from 
the Simferopol Airport in March 2015-2018

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The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group also regularly monitors the subsequent movement of aircrafts that illegally fly to the occupied Crimea. We can confirm that a number of them also provide passenger traffic to the European countries that have condemned the Russian annexation of Crimea. The database of those aircrafts is being continuously updated and expanded. Previous monitoring results can be found in the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and the Maidan of Foreign Affairs monthly air traffic reviews.

The table below details the European flights by the Russian airlines that regularly fly to the Simferopol airport:

Plane #

Model

Flight from SIP

Airlines

Flight from SIP

Route to EU/other

VQ-BFV

Airbus
A320-214

U6522

Ural Airlines

SIP-DME
3:50PM
04.03.2018

Moscow-Batumi(Georgia)
U62643 Landed 4:45PM
30.03.2018

VP-BND

Boeing
737-83N

S7/GH162

S7 Airlines/
Globus

SIP-DME
8:04PM
08.03.2018

Moscow-Dusseldorf(Germany)
S7991 Landed 1:56PM
10.03.2018
Moscow-Chisinau(Moldova)
S7157 Landed 12:29PM
24.03.2018

VP-BQW

Airbus
A320-214

U6526

Ural Airlines

SIP-DME
3:02PM
01.03.2108

Yekaterinburg -Paris(France)
U6709 Landed 9:01AM
04.03.2018
Yekaterinburg -Prague(Czech Republic)
U6701 Landed 8:46AM
15.03.2018
Moscow-Salzburg(Austria)
U6733 Landed 7:05AM
17.03.2018
Moscow-Rimini(Italy)
U6741 Landed 11:59AM
21.03.2018

VQ-BOD

Airbus
A321-211

N4124

Nordwind Airlines

SIP-SVO
12:37PM
03.03.2018

 

RA-89023

SS100-95B

SU2801

Aeroflot

SIP-AER
9:39AM
25.03.2018

Moscow-Berlin(Germany)
SU2684 Landed 9:10AM
28.03.2018

VP-BBQ

Airbus
A320-214

U62832

Ural Airlines

SIP-DME
1:34PM
03.03.2018

Yekaterinburg -Rome(Germany)
U6727 Landed 8:21AM
11.03.2018
Yekaterinburg -Tbilisi(Georgia)
U62911 Landed 1:48PM
23.03.2018

VP-BWG

Airbus
A319-111

FV6896

Aeroflot/Rossiya

SIP-LED
8:28PM
05.03.2018

St.Petersburg-Vienna(Austria)
SU/FV6603 L.10:21AM
06.03.2018
St.Petersburg-Milan(Italy)
SU/FV6673 L.12:13PM
14.03.2018
St.Petersburg-Berlin(Germany)
SU/FV6641 L.10:07AM
15.03.2018
St.Petersburg-Hamburg(Germany)
SU/FV6653 L.9:35AM
24.03.2018
St.Petersburg-London(UK)
SU/FV6619 L.3:54PM
28.03.2018

VQ-BCI

Airbus
A320-214

U6660

Ural Airlines

SIP-AER
1:46PM
02.03.2018

Moscow-Warsaw(Poland)
U6819 Landed 12:28PM
05.03.2018
Moscow-Barcelona(Spain)
U6845 Landed 12:51PM
17.03.2018
Moscow-Munich(Germany)
U6799 Landed 12:39PM
26.03.2018

VP-BNG

Boeing
737-83N

S7/GH164

S7 Airlines/Globus

SIP-DME
12:51PM
10.03.2018

Moscow-Tivat(Montenegro)
S7/GH925 L. 1:36PM
15.03.2018
Moscow-Dusseldorf(Germany)
S7/GH991 L. 2:13PM
17.03.2018
Moscow-Pafos(Cyprus)
S7/GH601 L. 2:33PM
22.03.2018
Moscow-Verona(Italy)
S7/GH697 L. 12:27PM
24.03.2018

VP-BUL

Boeing
737-83N

S7/GH166

S7 Airlines/Globus

SIP-DME
5:19PM
04.03.2018

Moscow-Larnaca(Cyprus)
S7/GH603 L. 2:04PM
11.03.2018

VP-BEO

Airbus
A320-214

SU1631

Aeroflot

SIP-SVO
8:24PM
22.02.2018

Moscow-Warsaw(Poland)
SU2000 Landed 12:25PM
02.03.2018
Moscow-Munich(Germany)
SU2328 Landed 3:52PM
03.03.2018
Moscow-Antalya(Turkey)
SU2142 Landed 4:57PM
04.03.2018
Moscow-Chisinau(Moldova)
SU1846 Landed 10:52AM
06.03.2018
Moscow-Tallinn(Estonia)
SU2106 Landed 9:56AM
07.03.2018
Moscow-Prague(Czech Republic)
SU2014 Landed 3:39PM
07.03.2018
Moscow-Dusseldorf(Germany)
SU2152 Landed 1:29PM
09.03.2018
Moscow-Budapest(Hungary)
SU2030 Landed 11:46AM
10.03.2018
Moscow-Istanbul(Turkey)
SU2134 Landed 2:12AM
10.03.2018
Moscow-Vilnius(Lithuania)
SU2108 Landed 9:46PM
20.03.2018
Moscow-Berlin(Germany)
SU2684 Landed 8:45AM
22.03.2018
Moscow-Frankfurt(Germany)
SU2304 Landed 8:58PM
23.03.2018
Moscow-Vienna(Austria)
SU2352 Landed 6:23PM
27.03.2018

VQ-BRE

Airbus
A320-214

U62932

Ural Airlines

SIP-SVX
3:53PM
02.03.2018

Yekaterinburg-Prague(Czech Republic)
U6701 Landed 9:31AM
06.03.2018
Kutaisi(Georgia)-Moscow
U62914 2:48PM
22.03.2018

VQ-BUE

Boeing
737-8GJ

FV6144

Aeroflot/Rossiya

SIP-VKO
2:46PM
02.03.2018

Moscow-Rimini(Italy)
SU/FV5727 L. 8:42AM
10.03.2018
Moscow-Sofia(Bulgaria)
SU/FV5753 L. 6:27PM
10.03.2018
Moscow-Prague(Czech Republic)
SU/FV5739 L.10:21AM
11.03.2018

VQ-BOE

Airbus
A321-211

N4134

Nordwind Airlines

SIP-SVO
7:37PM
05.03.2018

 

VQ-BAR

Airbus
A319-111

FV6896

Aeroflot/Rossiya

SIP-LED
8:38PM
16.03.2018

St.Petersburg-Milan(Italy)
SU/FV6673 L. 12:17PM
19.03.2018
St.Petersburg-Dusseldorf(Germany)
SU/FV6643 L. 10:50AM
21.03.2018

VQ-BIR

Airbus
A320-214

SU2594

Aeroflot

SIP-SVO
3:42PM
25.03.2018

Moscow-Munich(Germany)
SU2594 Landed 9:49PM
25.03.2018
Moscow-Mardid(Spain)
SU2602 Landed 12:40PM
26.03.2018
Moscow-Thessaloniki(Greece)
SU2124 Landed 7:55PM
27.03.2018
Moscow-Antalya(Turkey)
SU2144 Landed 12:05AM
29.03.2018
Moscow-Berlin(Germany)
SU2314 Landed 5:12PM
30.03.2018
Moscow-Paris(France)
SU2458 Landed 4:58PM
31.03.2018

VP-BLH

Airbus
A320-214

SU1631

Aeroflot

SIP-SVO
8:32PM
02.03.2018

Moscow-Chisinau(Moldova)
SU1846 Landed 10:56AM
05.03.2018
Moscow-Prague(Czech Republic)
SU2016 Landed 9:17PM
05.03.2018
Moscow-Vienna(Austria)
SU2352 Landed 5:18PM
06.03.2018
Moscow-Stockholm(Sweden)
SU2387 Landed 4:26AM
12.03.2018
Moscow-Vilnius(Lithuania)
SU2108 Landed 10:03PM
15.03.2018
Moscow-Dusseldorf(Germany)
SU2154 Landed 4:05PM
16.03.2018

VP-BNB

Airbus
A319-111

FV6892

Aeroflot/Rossiya

SIP-LED
1:13PM
01.01.2018

St.Petersburg-Dusseldorf(Germany)
SU/FV6643 L. 11:13AM
05.03.2018
St.Petersburg-Rome(Italy)
SU/FV6675 L. 12:18PM
10.03.2018

VP-BJW

Airbus
A320-214

SU1625

Aeroflot

SIP-SVO
6:55PM
25.03.2018

Moscow-Hannover(Germany)
SU2342 Landed 12:57PM
26.03.2018
Moscow-Chisinau(Moldova)
SU1846 Landed 10:24AM
29.03.2018
Moscow-Helsinki(Finland)
SU2200 Landed 8:05PM
29.03.2018

VP-BWS

Airbus
A321-231

WZ308

Red Wings

SIP-DME
3:45PM
13.03.2018

Moscow-Antalya(Turkey)
WZ9613 Landed 4:22AM
18.03.2018

VP-BTC

Airbus
A320-214

SU1637

Aeroflot

SIP-SVO
1:03PM
19.03.2018

Moscow-Antalya(Turkey)
SU2142 Landed 4:39PM
20.03.2018
Moscow-Prague(Czech Republic)
SU2016 Landed 9:07PM
22.03.2018
Berlin(Germany)-Moscow
SU2017 1:00AM
23.03.2018

 

Note:

In December 2014 the administration of the US President Barack Obama has adopted a number of decisions regarding the sanctions for any action in the occupied Crimea.

In April of the same year, in accordance with the ICAO Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Eurocontrol (the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation), banned the European airlines from flying to the Russia-occupied Crimea and Sevastopol. [1].

Ukraine officially accused [2] Russia of violation of the international multilateral and bilateral agreements and the provisions of the European Air Navigation Plan, as well as in ignoring the established borders of the Flight Information Regions (FIR) [3].

The Air Navigation Services in the sky over the Crimean Peninsula belong to the jurisdiction to Ukraine that due to the Russian annexation of the Crimean AR had to move the dispatch center from Simferopol to Kyiv and Odessa.

However, due to the inability of the State Avia Service to guarantee security of the Ukraine flights over the occupied territories, in March 2014, it was decided to close the airports in Simferopol and Belbek and the lower airspace and to restrict traffic in Simferopol flight information region.

At the same time, Ukraine continues to service the Black Sea FIR within its competence.

In April 2014, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) called Russia's actions to seize control of the airspace above Crimea and the Black Sea waters that belong to the Ukrainian FIR, illegal [4].

[1] The ban of the flights to the occupied Crimea for European airlines: http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/198796.html

[2] Announcement of the SE "UkrAeroRukh" of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine: http://uksatse.ua/index.php?act=Part&CODE=247&id=264

[3] The FIR (Flight Information Region) is a specified region of airspace in which a flight information service and an alerting service are provided

[4] The publication in the online edition of the Tyzhden magazine from 16.04.2014 http://tyzhden.ua/News/107719

For two and a half years, the BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group conducts daily monitoring of the illegal flights to the occupied Crimea followed by the media publications of the results of the investigation on the airlines-offenders.

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For the last two and a half years, the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has been conducting daily monitoring of the illegal flights to the occupied Crimea with further publications in the media on the airlines offenders.

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The monitoring of the violations of the international sanctions against Russia and the legal regime of the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea is supported by the European Program Initiative of the Renaissance International Foundation. The position of Renaissance International Foundation may not reflect the opinion of the authors.



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