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