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Aeroflot Ban: Why Did Russia Ban Bristish Airlines? Has Russia Closed Its Airspace?

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British Airways has suspended its flights to Moscow after Russia banned all UK carriers from its airspace.

Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport said in a statement Friday that it was banning UK-registered flights, as well as aircraft owned, leased, or operated by a person associated with the United Kingdom, from transiting the country’s airspace.

Aeroflot Ban: Why Did Russia Ban Bristish Airlines?

Russia said the move was a response to “the unfriendly decisions by the UK aviation authorities”.

Russia’s civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia said: “This measure was taken in accordance with the provisions of the Intergovernmental Air Services Agreement between Russia and the UK as a response to unfriendly decisions by the UK aviation authorities regarding the restriction on regular flights of aircraft owned, leased or operated by a person associated with Russia or registered in Russia.”

Aeroflot Ban: Why Did UK Ban Aeroflot?

British Airways said in a statement it was notifying customers of canceled services and would offer full refunds.

On Thursday, the UK banned Russia’s national airline Aeroflot from landing in Britain. The measure was part of sanctions introduced following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told ITV: “I think that’s their retaliation for us yesterday banning Aeroflot from using and landing in the United Kingdom. That’s their tit for tat response.”

Has Russia Closed Its Airspace?

Russia has closed its airspace to UK carriers, and all international aviation authorities have now rerouted flights away from Ukrainian airspace following the Russian invasion.

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