I am declaring that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, Joe Biden told in his State of the Union talk.
U.S government on March 1
Federal Aviation Administration orders
The U.S. Transportation Department Federal Aviation Administration orders will take effect by the end of the day on March 2 and will stop operations of all aircraft owned, certified, operated, registered, chartered, leased, or managed by, for, or for the use of, a person who is a Russian citizen.
This includes passenger and cargo flights, and organized as well as charter flights “effectively closing U.S. air space to all Russian commercial air transports and other Russian civil aircraft,” the Transportation Department told.
- Late on March 1, United Airlines told it had temporarily stopped flying over Russian airspace, joining other major U.S. carriers who have brought the action after Russian troops last week poured into Ukraine.
United had been continuing to fly over Russian airspace to operate some flights to and from India in current days. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Parcel Service all approved this week they had halted flights over Russia.
United is canceling two flights to India
FedEx on March 1 did not answer emails requesting if it had stopped flying over Russia. United is canceling two flights to India for March 1 and March 2 as it evaluates how it could resume operating via another route that does not use Russian airspace.
White House officers had privately questioned if the move would harm U.S. supply chains or have other negative impacts, sources told.
Canadian and European airspace
Russian flights have been effectively banned from U.S. destinations for the most part in recent days because of prohibitions on the use of Canadian and European airspace.
- Deal inked for air traffic services at Noida airport in Jewar
- UK, China, and several other nations leave citizens in Ukraine as India leads evacuation action
- Vistara flights were delayed to Amritsar, Jaipur due to poor climate
Some foreign governments have privately questioned why the United States did not move faster to prohibit Russian planes as have some U.S. lawmakers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has asserted Ukraine committed “genocide” in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, without presenting evidence, and told the invasion, called a “special operation” by Russian officials, was, therefore, explained to end it.
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