February 21, 2024
Analysis

Why Russian airlines may be eyeing routes to North Korea amid burgeoning ties

Experts say tourism and desire to transport DPRK laborers are likely behind proposal but question its feasibility

A proposal for Russian airlines to operate on new routes to North Korea reflects growing bilateral ties but also raises serious feasibility issues, experts say, with sanctions and limited demand likely to keep the plan from taking off.

Russian aviation authorities have approached the country’s main carrier Aeroflot and its former subsidiary Aurora with a proposal to operate flights to Pyongyang, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported last week, citing anonymous sources.