Satellite map of the European sky on February 28 at 9:30 am (Screenshot Flightradar24)
The United Kingdom was the first to ban Russian aircraft from its airspace. It was followed during the last days by Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and France. It is finally the whole European Union which, on Sunday evening, through the voice of its President of the Executive of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, decided to totally ban all Russian planes from European airspace.
The tone is clear. ” We propose a ban on all Russian-owned, Russian-registered and Russian-controlled aircraft. These aircraft will no longer be able to land, take off or fly over the territory of the European Union. This will apply to any aircraft,” said the President of the Commission. ” Our airspace will be closed to any Russian aircraft. And that includes the private jets of the oligarchs,”
had announced a few hours before the EU ban to stop all its flights to Russia from Sunday evening.
On the Russian side, it is mainly the airline Aeroflot and its competitor S7 that are affected by the measure. In fact, some 200 frequencies per week disappear between the EU and Russia.
According to the FlightRadar 24 website, 22 weekly flights were scheduled between Paris CDG and Moscow Sheremetyevo and one weekly flight between Orly and Moscow Domodedovo over a period of seven days between 27 February and 5 March. 39 flights were to connect Frankfurt to the two Moscow airports, 7 flights from Brussels to Sheremetyevo, 24 flights from Amsterdam to Sheremetyevo, 16 flights from Berlin to Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo.
Switzerland has not yet taken any decision regarding the suspension of flights. Swiss offers at least three flights per week to Zurich-Moscow, while Aeroflot flies to Geneva and Zurich. The carrier S7 also connects Geneva to Moscow Domodedovo twice a week. According to Flightradar, a Zurich-Moscow flight is scheduled for this Monday with Swiss, while Aeroflot’s flight is cancelled as the company has to fly over the EU to land in Switzerland
Outside Europe, Canada and Japan have also decided to ban flights by Russian companies. Russia, in retaliation, prohibits flights over its territory. This forces airlines to find new routes to Asia, including through the Persian Gulf. Delays are therefore likely between Europe and the Far East.
Finnair suspends some flights to Asia
Proof is already with Air France and Finnair. The French company announced on Sunday the temporary suspension of flights from and to China, Korea and Japan, ” while we study the options of flight plans to avoid Russian airspace, in the
he respect of the directives of the French and international authorities“, says Air France.
As for Finnair, the Finnish company is one of the most affected by the ban on overflight of Russian airspace. The company operates from Helsinki via Russian territory to all of Northeast Asia. Finnair is therefore forced to cancel its flights to and from Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Shanghai and Guangzhou until March 6. The carrier will advise if this situation is prolonged. Finnair continues to fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore and Delhi. But a new route will increase the flight time by an average of one hour.
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