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Video answers: The most valuable airspace in the world

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. Around half the world’s economic activity happens in these two regions.
  2. Russia lies between these two economic powerhouses.
  3. Travel between these two regions was very difficult during the cold war.
  4. They were able to connect Europe and Asia by flying via Anchorage, Alaska and thus avoiding USSR airspace.
  5. They saw a reduction of around 50% in the flight time between Europe and Asia by flying via Alaska.
  6. The fall of the USSR and subsequent agreement of overflight rights made travel between Europe and Asia much faster and convenient.
  7. Russia hasn’t signed this agreement because it wants to use its strategic position for political gain.
  8. Norwegian has tried and failed to gain overflight rights from Russia, which essentially prevents it from flying direct to many Asian cities.

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