AviationAirlines from 36 countries are banned from flying into Russia's airspace.

Russia goes tit for tat in aviation sanctions

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Out of the 36 countries barred from Russia's skies, 27 are members of the European Union.
Out of the 36 countries barred from Russia's skies, 27 are members of the European Union. Photo Credit: Gettyimages/SergeyChayko

Russia's move to block incoming flights from the airlines of 36 countries was announced Monday, 28 February by Russia's Federal Agency for Air Transport, following aviation sanctions by the UK, the European Union and Canada.

"In accordance with the norms of international law, in response to the ban by European states on flights by civilian aircraft operated by Russian airlines and/or registered in Russia, flights by airlines from 36 countries were restricted," the Russian agency said.

SIA suspends flights between Singapore and Moscow

On 28 February, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that it will "temporarily suspend" all return services between Singapore and Moscow effective immediately. SIA cited “operational reasons” for the indefinite suspension which affects flights SQ362 and SQ361.

Among the countries on the list are the UK, Germany, Austria, Greece, Denmark, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Portugal, Finland and the Czech Republic.

Flights from those countries can operate to Russia only after receiving a special permit, the Russian government said.

So far, the US has not joined the EU's ban on Russian airline flights, but Canada's closure of its airspace to Russian carriers led Aeroflot, Russia's national carrier and largest airline, to announce Monday that it has suspended transatlantic flying through Wednesday. The move disrupts Aeroflot service from Moscow to Miami, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Washington Dulles as well as flights to Cancun, Punta Cana and the Cuban cities of Havana and Veradero.

The decision came after Transport Canada reported Sunday that an Aeroflot flight violated the Canada airspace ban as it flew from Miami to Moscow. Though Aeroflot does not serve Canada, it utilises Canadian airspace for routes to North America and the Caribbean.

Similarly, the closure of Russian airspace is also disrupting routes that don't actually depart from or land in Russia. For example, Air France has made adjustments to four Asian routes that would normally including flying over Russia, including adding a Seoul stopover for its Paris-Beijing service. More dramatically, Finnair has cancelled all flights to Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Shanghai and Guangzhou through 6 March.

Source: Travel Weekly

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