US and Russia agreed yesterday to open up more polar routes for US airlines as part of a broader package of amendments to the 1994 US-Russia air agreement. According to the US Dept. of Transportation, the changes "significantly [increase] the rights of US carriers to fly over Russian airspace on flights between the US and Asia," including using polar routes for services to China. And for the first time, the agreement allows US airlines to transit Russian airspace on nonstop flights between ...

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