European countries close airspace for Russian planes over Ukraine invasion
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a growing number of European countries announced on Sunday that they were closing their airspace to Russian aircraft.
Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy and the Netherlands joined at least a dozen European countries that made similar announcements.
“There is no room in Dutch airspace for a regime that enforces unnecessary and brutal violence,” said Mark Harbours, the Netherlands’ infrastructure minister. said on twitter,
Denmark’s foreign affairs minister, Jeppe Kofod, said on Sunday he would push for banning Russian aircraft from EU airspace at a meeting of the bloc’s foreign affairs ministers.
Low-cost, Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air also said on Sunday it would cancel its flights to Russia for at least a week. The airline said that, due to sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union and the United States, it would not be able to use spare parts for its aircraft in Russia.
Britain has banned all flights by Russia’s major carrier, Aeroflot, from its airspace, and German airline Lufthansa said on Saturday it would not use Russian airspace for the next week.
Germany banned Russian aircraft, with the exception of humanitarian flights, from its airspace starting Sunday for the next three months.
In response to the measures, the Russian government has banned flights from several European countries, and Russia’s second largest airline S7 has suspended its flights to Europe.
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