The Finns called the closure of Russian airspace a "catastrophe"

Russia's closure of its airspace in response to similar openly hostile actions by EU countries and their allies has put Western air carriers in a difficult position.

Now there is no more convenient route that would allow you to reach the countries of East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea) in the shortest way. And alternative routes will cost extra fuel and extra time in the air.

Such bypass routes are flights over the North Pole with refueling in Alaska, or travel through the Middle East and South Asia. Shares of airlines hit by Moscow's restrictions immediately went down.
Finnair, the national carrier of Finland, is in a particularly difficult situation, which in good times used the advantageous geographical position of the northern country, which made it possible to carry passengers from Europe to Asia at minimal cost.

However, the Russian retaliatory blockade dealt a crushing blow to the Finns. Here is how local media comment on the situation.

Flights that bypass Russian airspace will increase flight times, and rising fuel prices, combined with increased flight range, will seriously reduce the profitability of flights
– newspaper analyzes what is happening Helsingin Uutiset.

The state television and radio company did not ignore such an important problem. Yle.

Finnair begins negotiations to lay off employees due to blockade of Russian airspace. The layoff process will stretch for 90 days and will affect 90-220 pilots and 150-450 flight attendants.

- noted on the corporation's website.

Professor Jorma Mäntinen of WSP Finland, an engineering consultancy, says the situation is exceptional. This has never happened before in the history of commercial air transport. His opinion leads the portal Evening paper.

Yes, we have never seen this before. Almost all trade and communication relations between different continents are falling apart. In a way, it's just a disaster

the expert concludes.

The newspaper is of the same opinion. Helsingin Sanomat, which publishes the opinion of another invited expert.

In the medium term, the entire Asian strategy of Finnair will collapse if the company is excommunicated from Russian airspace for a longer period

says Antti Viljakainen, an analyst at Inderes.

It is noted that the value of the shares of the carrier Finnair has already collapsed by 20% with the prospect of further decline if the situation does not improve.
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  1. Pete mitchell Offline Pete mitchell
    Pete mitchell (Pete Mitchell) 7 March 2022 22: 30
    Finns - in natu with a marching step, one two, one two ....
    And you can shoot a long haul division, you will fly around the surrounding gardens ...
    For so many years they lived peacefully near the Union / Russian Federation - where is the problem of living further .. you haven’t thought about gas yet
  2. Vladimir Golubenko (Vladimir Golubenko) 7 March 2022 22: 47
    Who will you hang out with! It's still flowers.
  3. Rostislav Offline Rostislav
    Rostislav (Rostislav) 7 March 2022 22: 55
    For that fought for it and ran. Dance further to the tune of the penguins.
    1. Volga073 Offline Volga073
      Volga073 (MIKLE) 8 March 2022 06: 16
      The West is rotting. What they sow, they will reap! Those. nevermind!
  4. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 7 March 2022 22: 56
    Everyone who is now afraid of the consequences of sanctions, the withdrawal of Western companies from Russia, should not worry so much. Everything that is happening now is an attempt to create a wave of protest in Russia in the short term. The more united Russian society is, the faster the West will abandon this idea.

    A month or two will pass after the operation. Europe will be under enormous economic pressure. In Ukraine, life will already go on as usual, normalization will occur. The reason for the sanctions will lose its relevance. The West will be forced to explain to its citizens the need to endure in the absence of actual reasons. Just punish Russia for carrying out some kind of operation there half a year ago? Yes, what are you? Half of my salary goes into the tank of the car and into the light. Not to mention the consequences for the industry. Maintaining such a regime will be very difficult.

    A little later, companies that are leaving the Russian market today will see that their place is taken by other, also Western companies, or Russian or others. The mechanism of the market and competition will begin to operate. Here it is the market, why should we give up money when others earn in Russia? One by one they will start to come back, maybe under other brands, but the business will find a loophole for itself. The same goes for countries. As soon as one Western country begins to benefit from doing business with Russia, others will also be very itchy. Who wants to lose opportunities for their country? Punishing Russia at a loss for a long time will be difficult, impossible.

    Today, European Union policies are of great concern. There is such a fear that they are not very understanding of the consequences may even lead to the collapse of the EU. This would not be the most optimal scenario for Russia. We do not benefit from the complete collapse of the EU. Russia needs the EU for future rapprochement and the creation of a united EU-Russia space. If the EU collapses, control and influence on individual countries will be more difficult to exercise than through the central bodies of the EU.

    Today, it is very important for the Russians to support the operation and rally around the government in defending the vital interests of the Russian Federation. The more visible this unity is, the sooner the sanctions pressure will end. Then there will be an unprecedented rise in Russia, historically unprecedented and fast. A year, maybe two, you have to be patient, no more. Perhaps even much less.
    1. Art Pilot Offline Art Pilot
      Art Pilot (pilot) 8 March 2022 13: 08
      Everything is correct, only it will take 20 years to restore Ukraine (or what will be on this territory).
    2. Dima Offline Dima
      Dima (Dmitriy) 8 March 2022 15: 27
      It's not as simple as you write. The process has moved from the interstate to the international level, and this will have more long-term consequences. After the persecution of Russians at the everyday level began in Europe, it will be much more difficult to communicate with Europeans, the trust factor will disappear. My friends live in America and Switzerland, overseas there is much less such lawlessness.
    3. The central authorities of the EU are under the full control of the United States. Therefore, we need to develop the old Roman policy of "Divide and rule" in relation to Europe.
  5. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 8 March 2022 00: 56
    Well, since they stop flying, let them sit at home, staring out the window, eating sandwiches with cheese and drinking coffee.
    Truth to whom do worse it is not clear. Products have been manufactured in Russia for a long time, they simply get rid of assets, sell property. Who knows, maybe these same products will later appear in Finland under new Russian brands. Such is the European solidarity. The senior tsiknul, serfs perform and suffer.

    Svalio from Russia
    Major Finnish food producers are preparing to leave Russia amid the military operation in Ukraine. This has already been announced by dairy products manufacturer Valio (brand Viola), coffee supplier Paulig, as well as bakery holding Fazer Group. At the same time, some companies want to keep the operations of Russian plants, which may mean transferring them to local businesses.

    Valio President and CEO Annikka Hurme said on Monday that the company has no "ethical prerequisites for continuing to operate in Russia" after Russia's "invasion" of Ukraine.
  6. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 8 March 2022 02: 28
    Well, everything is not so sad, Chinese companies will become cheap to carry from / to Europe, cheap fuel will go to them, and with us they will trade inexpensive goods without euro extra charges. There is no competitiveness in Europe right now. Today, having relations with the West is not only unprofitable, but also fraught with interference in internal affairs, which they are forcibly doing even with each other.
  7. Volga073 Offline Volga073
    Volga073 (MIKLE) 8 March 2022 06: 14
    Could have been smarter..
    If they had maintained neutrality, then everyone would have rushed to fly through Finland - and the shares would, on the contrary, have grown in price !!!
    1. Dan Offline Dan
      Dan (Daniel) 8 March 2022 09: 26
      Quote: Volga073
      If they had remained neutral, then everyone would have rushed to fly through Finland

      That is unlikely. The states would simply crush them for neutrality. All this trifle between the USA and Russia understands that they are today between a rock and a hard place. There is no third. Therefore, they choose the side of those who can beat them in the most cruel way. And today, in terms of the level of animal aggression, no one can compare with the United States, not even ISIS. Those only cut their heads, and the United States eliminates the state along with the population. So no neutrality shines on anyone. Everyone will take a side. We need to look at the world with a healthy eye. There will be only one winner in this war. And with the end of the operation, the war will not end. It must be understood that the end of the operation on Russia's terms will be a loud and public slap in the face of the United States. Does anyone else think that they will silently wipe themselves off? Me not. The war is just getting started...
      1. I think the States will fade away. But you are right - the war flares up.
  8. yo yo Offline yo yo
    yo yo (Vasya Vasin) 8 March 2022 06: 32
    Cool, flying to Asia over the North Pole
  9. consultant Offline consultant
    consultant (Vladimir) 8 March 2022 15: 19
    The cycle of existence of empires from the "countries of the free world" is coming to an end. The gap between Western politicians and the realities and interests of their states is huge, the situation is so difficult for them that everything is at stake, although this is the path to the abyss. A simple solution - the creation of a European Union with Russia would destroy the sources of evil on the neighboring island and overseas, the benefits are grandiose and mutual, but either the mind or the will of the leaders of European states is not enough for this, they are somehow small.
  10. Plumber Sun Offline Plumber Sun
    Plumber Sun (San San) 8 March 2022 18: 44
    Hot Finnish guys got a little excited.
  11. Aleks Vilks Offline Aleks Vilks
    Aleks Vilks (Aleks Vilks) 9 March 2022 11: 09
    Not all cat curd sometimes face on the threshold.
    1. n-suyazov Offline n-suyazov
      n-suyazov (Nikolai) 9 March 2022 12: 03
      In fact, this saying is correct: "Not everything is cottage cheese for a cat, it also happens to be eggs on the threshold!"
  12. n-suyazov Offline n-suyazov
    n-suyazov (Nikolai) 9 March 2022 12: 01
    The Finns have forgotten to whom they owe their statehood, as well as the Bulgarians, Poland and the middle Czech Republic ..., as well as Germany, from whose embassy they told me that a referendum was held there on the merger of the two states, but in Crimea this is not a referendum, and Putin's inventions, kazly ...
  13. shiva Offline shiva
    shiva (Ivan) 9 March 2022 12: 37
    Well, how else can you call the behavior of the German authorities, except as idiocy?
    Just think about it: they say to the Russians - if a war suddenly starts in Ukraine (let not you, let the Ukrainians attack (the chicken coop went to beat the fox, as the State Department put it, but in fact the owner kicked a couple of roosters in the direction of the fox purely for fun) and will be blown up Ukrainian stream), then we immediately block sp-2 (we blow up the second pipeline out of three). And if suddenly something else, then we, and ... Sp-1 ... And we will no longer have weapons ... and flowers for May 9 are sure ...
    Maybe in a year, when .. well, you are not offended? Just don't turn off the gas, please!
  14. Panikovsky Offline Panikovsky
    Panikovsky (Mikhail Samuelevich Panikovsky) 10 March 2022 16: 29
    Sorry, comrade. Finns, but since such a booze has gone, cut the last cucumber. Note that we didn’t stir up the badyagu, but you will get out, including you. But as? And the Council of Ministers does not soar the problems of small peoples, this is the type of competence of the EU.