The CEO of Emirates defends the airline's decision to continue flying to Russia amid the war, says it's 'connecting people'
- Emirates' CEO says it's "connecting people" by continuing to fly to
- Many major air carriers have pulled out of Russia amid
sanctionsover the war in Ukraine.
"It's a government decision. We haven't got any instruction really to stop flights there," Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum told CNBC. The Dubai government owns Emirates.
Emirates is one of the few airlines still serving Russia after major carriers pulled out of the country amid sweeping sanctions over the
Al Maktoum said Emirates' services to Russia serve to link up people between the country and the UAE.
"We're connecting people between the two countries," Al Maktoum told CNBC. "We shouldn't really mix up between people and government decisions."
In March, Emirates' President Tim Clark also defended the airline's flights to Russia.
"We carry humanitarian goods in our holds. We've got NGOs traveling in and out of Russia. We've got the diplomatic community going in and out of Russia ... so all we're doing is being an enabler, facilitator, without taking a political position on this for the time being," said Clark, according to Reuters.
Other major airlines still serving Russia include Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways.
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