British Airways has suspended flights to Moscow after Russia announced it was banning British flights in retaliation for British sanctions against Aeroflot following its invasion of Ukraine.
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Russia has announced a ban on all UK planes, in what is believed to be retaliation after the UK banned any Aeroflot flights to and from the UK. Great Britain, after the invasion of Ukraine.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted last night: “I have signed restrictions banning all scheduled #Russian airlines from entering UK airspace or touching UK soil. danger.”
In retaliation, Russia has now banned all British flights from landing or using its airspace.
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Following the news, British Airways released a statement to passengers whose flights will be affected by the restrictions. The airline said it will contact affected passengers.
“We have suspended flights to Moscow and also the use of Russian airspace, following confirmation of the Russian government restrictions,” the company said.
“We apologize for the inconvenience but this is clearly an issue beyond our control. We are notifying customers of canceled services and will issue a full refund. will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
British Airways does not offer flights to many Russian destinations; in fact, it only serves Moscow routes three times a week.
The airline also said that some of its other flights may be rerouted, making the flight time of passengers longer.
After the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s airspace was closed.
As part of a bulletin regarding Ukrainian airspace, the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency warned that “critical infrastructure, including airports, has the potential for military activities to take place.” leads to a safety risk for civil aircraft”, adding that “especially there is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft”.
British Airways has not operated flights to Ukraine or in its airspace for many years, but airlines that normally operate routes to the country such as Wizz Air and Ryanair have announced that they will be suspending flights to Ukraine. flights, with customers being offered options like refunds and rebooking.
There are also some flight restrictions to neighboring countries such as Moldova and Belarus that are currently in place.
If you’re going to a destination that normally goes through Ukraine or Moscow airspace, there’s a chance your flight will be rerouted, which means longer travel time.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/british-airways-suspends-moscow-routes-26327121 British Airways suspends Moscow routes as Russia bans all UK flights from its airspace