Vnukovo Airport in Moscow is in chaos today, with long lines forming rapidly due to suspended operations because of unauthorized drones in its vicinity. The flag carrier of Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan Airlines, swiftly announced the cessation of flights to Moscow. It claimed that the recent drone activities emerging from Ukraine, Russia’s troublesome neighbor, triggered this decision.
Drones in Ukraine now present a renewed threat, and Russia is evidently on the receiving end. There’s no denying that attacks on Russian soil have escalated. For Turkmenistan Airlines, the danger is severe enough to discontinue operations in the Russian metropolis.
Unusual circumstances are forcing airlines to assess their operational strategies. The safety of civilian flights could be at risk. As one comment points out, airlines must prioritize safety and feasibly suspend operations in Moscow.
Interestingly though, reports suggest that Ukrainian forces do not target civilian areas. Russians, however, are under the widespread perception that Ukrainians are adapting their strategy of targeting civilians. Still, the unfolding situation at Vnukovo Airport elucidates the escalating tension in the region. Airlines respond accordingly, with others likely to follow Turkmenistan Airlines’ lead if the condition worsens.