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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lufthansa Leaves Its Options Open

FRANKFURT -- Deutsche Lufthansa CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber kept open the option of moving a cargo-plane refueling hub to Siberia from Kazakhstan, saying any relocation must remain separate from Russian overflight rights.

Russia banned cargo planes of Lufthansa from flying over the country on Oct. 28, in an effort to make the carrier shift the refueling site to Krasnoyarsk from the Kazakh capital of Astana. The ban was suspended for about two weeks on Nov. 2 to give Germany and Russia time to negotiate a compromise.

"We're not married to Astana," Mayrhuber said Monday. Lufthansa had wanted to use Krasnoyarsk for stopovers, "but this wasn't possible for technical reasons."

Unlike Astana, Krasnoyarsk doesn't have equipment allowing cargo planes to make instrument-guided landings, meaning that aircraft can only approach the airport in good visibility.