The Russian invasion of Ukraine severely affected the process of air travel.
Until this moment, all EU member states, as well as Albania, Switzerland, Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom, have banned Russian airlines from entering their airspace. Authorities in Moscow have taken similar measures, banning all flights from these countries from entering their airspace, TheSchengen.com reports.
Amid safety concerns, Russia’s military attack on Ukraine has raised serious questions about whether it is safe to fly into and within Europe.
Besides, the war in Ukraine also affected many European airlines, Baltic Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Jet2, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Airlines , and Wizz Air is the worst affected, according to Euronews. .
Amid safety concerns, the Latvian airline suspended all flights to Russia until the end of May. The Russian authorities have also taken reciprocal measures.
“Due to airspace restrictions, a small number of airBaltic routes have been modified, without a significant increase in flight time,” a spokesperson for the airline said.
Similar to other airlines, Austrian Airlines has also suspended flights to Ukraine until March 26. Meanwhile, flights to Kyiv and Odessa have been canceled since February 21.
Regarding flights to neighboring countries, the airline said: “We continue to closely monitor the situation and are in close contact with national and international authorities. The safety of our passengers and crew members is our top priority at all times.”
British Airways also canceled its flights to the Russian capital, warning that such a decision would result in some services being redirected to Asia, causing a longer flight time.
The Russian authorities were also prevented from landing at Russian airports.
The airline suspended all flights to Poland, and at the same time canceled flights to Krakow from late March until the end of May. This decision was announced through a statement published by the airline on March 9.
The Dutch airline also canceled all flights to Russia.
In this regard, the airline said that the decision came as a result of the sanctions imposed by the European Union countries.
“This means that KLM can no longer guarantee the return of flights to Russia or the safe passage of Russian territory,” the statement read.
German airline Lufthansa also suspended flights to Russia.
A Lufthansa spokesperson noted in this regard that “the Lufthansa Group continues to closely monitor the situation and is in close exchange with national and international authorities.”
The airline has also suspended flights to Ukraine and Russia for an unlimited period due to the current situation in Ukraine.