Airlines from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Poland are no longer allowed to fly through Russian airspace. This action comes on the heels of similar sanctions that those countries have reversibly imposed on Russian airlines. This was reported by the Russian aviation authority.
Meanwhile, Estonia announced that it would not tolerate Russian aircraft in its airspace. A draft decision on this procedure would already be under preparation. Estonia is calling on other EU countries to do the same. “Airplanes from a pariah state have no place in the airspace of democracies,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on Facebook. “The West must isolate Russia economically and politically.”
Earlier this week, Russia banned all British Airways from Russian airspace. This action, in turn, was in retaliation for London’s ban on flights from Russia’s Aeroflot to the United Kingdom.
As far as is known, many European airlines, including KLM, still fly through Russian airspace and Russian airports. The Latvian airline airBaltic has decided for safety reasons not to travel to Russia for at least a month. A statement by the company said that there are increased risks due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.