Russia closes its airspace to aircraft linked to Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic

Russia closes its airspace to aircraft linked to Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic

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Russia announced, on Saturday, the closure of its airspace for aircraft associated with Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic, after a similar decision taken by Warsaw, Prague and Sofia against Russian Airlines. This closure also applies to transit flights, but exceptions are possible.

The Russia It announced, on Saturday, the closure of its airspace to aircraft associated with Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic, after a similar decision taken by Warsaw, Prague and Sofia against Russian Airlines. “Due to the unfriendly decisions of the air authorities of Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic as of 3 p.m. Moscow time (noon GMT) on February 26, 2022” Russia closes its airspace to “airlines from these countries and/or those registered there, the regulator said. Russian air Rosaviatsia.

However, exceptions are possible

This closure also relates to transit flights. However, exceptions are possible if a special permit is issued by Rosaviatsia or the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Russian oversight. Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria announced, on Friday, the closure of their airspace to Russian airlines, in the wake of that Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine. Poland’s national carrier LOT also announced the suspension of its flights to Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Friday afternoon. The announcements come on the heels of a similar decision, taken on Thursday by Great Britain against Russia’s national company Aeroflot.

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Russia, for its part, responded by banning over its territory all aircraft associated with the UK, including transit flights. Moldova closed its airspace on Thursday. The Estonian Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, announced Saturday, on Twitter, that his country would close its airspace to Russian airlines.

“We call on all EU member states to do so,” she added. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa quoted a tweet to his Estonian counterpart, stressing that Slovenia would implement the same measure. The Minister of Transport of Latvia, Thales Linkites, indicated on Twitter that his country intends to “close its airspace to airlines registered in Russia for commercial flights,” explaining that this decision will be officially approved in the next Cabinet.

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