After being banned from flying to the United Kingdom, Russian airline Aeroflot has decided to cancel all flights to Europe from Monday (February 28).
The airline has decided to stop all flights until further statement after the decision by numerous countries to shut their airspace in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
UK Civil Aviation Authority
Earlier in February, the UK Civil Aviation Authority stopped Aeroflot until further information. “This means that Aeroflot will not be permitted to handle flights to or from the United Kingdom until further information,” a UK Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson had told.
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European nations and Canada carried on Sunday to close their airspace to Russian aircraft, an unusual step aimed at pressuring President Vladimir Putin to end his invasion of Ukraine, the largest attack on a European state since World War Two.
Foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the European Union had decided to close its airspace to Russian traffic.
“We are shutting down EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian-registered, or Russian-controlled aircraft,” the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had also declared. All such planes, including the private jets of oligarchs, will now be unable to land in, take off from or fly over any EU nation.
Germany told its ban would last three months.
The ban on Russian jets comes as the airline industry continues to grapple with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic that is still undermining international journey needs.
Germany, Spain, and France joined Britain, the Nordics, and the Baltic states in declaring bans on Russian service of their airspace. Without access to Russia’s airways, experts say carriers will have to divert flights south while also bypassing places of tension in the Middle East.
A reciprocal airspace ban by Russia and the United States would cause longer flight times for U.S. carriers and could require crew changes on East Coast routes to Asia, said U.S.-based analyst Robert Mann of R.W. Mann & Company, Inc.It could make certain flights too costly to run for U.S. carriers. “It would just count a lot of costs,” he told.
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