The West has been imposing one sanctions after another on Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, many countries have declared their airspace closed for Russia. An official of the European Union (EU) has indicated that most of the European countries are going to join the list. News from the BBC.
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After the European airspace was disrupted, there was still a long way to go for Russian aircraft to fly west. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Russian-owned aircraft have not been allowed to enter the airspace of the United Kingdom, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and the Baltic states.
Meanwhile, German airspace for Russia has been declared closed for three months from Sunday. On the same day, Belgium, France and the Netherlands also imposed air sanctions against Russia. The Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander de Cruz, said: ‘The sky of Europe is open to those who associate with people; Not for those who carry out ruthless aggression. ‘
Meanwhile, the Italian Prime Minister’s Office has announced that Italian airspace will be closed for Russian aircraft. Finland’s transport minister, Timo Harakka, said in a Twitter post that preparations were being made to close the airspace. Russia has 1,300 kilometers of air border with the country. Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Austria are also going to join this list.
Russian airlines have suspended flights to various destinations in response to the closure of Western airspace. Russia’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports today suspended flights to various destinations, including Paris, Vienna and Kaliningrad. Russian S-7 Airlines has announced that it will suspend flights to various destinations in Europe until March 13.
Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, has followed suit. The airline said it would suspend flights to Latvia and Romania until March 26 and to Prague and Warsaw until March 26.
Finland, meanwhile, could exclude about 120 kilometers of airspace in the Gulf of Finland. In that case, the only way to get to those European countries where airspace has not yet been banned for Russia would be open to Moscow.
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Russian planes will have to travel longer distances to reach Western countries after facing sanctions. At the same time the journey time will increase. A few western airlines are also facing the same problem.
According to the UK’s Virgin Atlantic Airlines, flights to India and Pakistan from the country may take an additional 15 minutes to an hour. On the other hand, the flights from Darwin, Australia to London will take a longer route, according to Qantas Airlines.