Russia bans British airlines from its airspace

Russia has banned British airlines from landing at Russian airpots and crossing its airspace, says the Russian civil aviation regulator.

Russia bans British airlines from its airspace

Russia has banned British airlines from landing at Russian airports and crossing its airspace, says the Russian civil aviation regulator. 

Russia says they have taken the step as a response to what they call “the unfriendly decisions by the UK aviation authorities.” The “unfriendly” decision Russia speaks of, is the UK’s banning of Russia’s national airline Aeroflot – which on Thursday the UK banned from landing in Britain. 

The measure was part of the UK government’s package of sanctions introduced after Russia invaded 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.”

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.

British Airways said in a statement that it is notifying customers of cancellations and will be offering full refunds. 

“We apologise for the inconvenience but this is clearly a matter beyond our control,” the airline said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

British Airways normally operates three flights per week each way between London and Moscow.


British Gas guarantees UK energy supplies are safe after Russia invasion

Uefa to move Champions League final to Paris after Russian invasion

………………..

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHARE WTX NEWS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

FacebookPlease like our page

Twitter Twitter updates available in English and Arabic. Please follow us and we would love to hear from you

Instagram – Follow our pages in English and Arabic