UK bans all flights by Aeroflot from its airspace

Published On: February 25, 2022Categories: Latest News1.4 min read

This means that Aeroflot will not be permitted to operate flights to or from the United Kingdom until further notice, the UK CAA said

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has banned all flights by Russian flag carrier Aeroflot from flying in the country’s airspace.

In a statement posted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday, the country has restricted flights from Aeroflot by suspending its foreign carrier permit, reported Reuters.

This means that Aeroflot will not be permitted to operate flights to or from the United Kingdom until further notice, the UK CAA said.

Further restrictions have also been put in place to target all scheduled Russian airlines, Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport of the UK, announced on Twitter.

Aeroflot is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, which also includes US-based Delta Air Lines, and flies to over 150 destinations worldwide, including London. Before the ban, the airline flew daily between Moscow and England’s capital.

President Joe Biden did not announce plans to ban Aeroflot from operating in the US in Thursday’s televised address.

The Russian carrier currently serves four destinations in the US, including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Miami, according to the airline’s website.

The move to ban Aeroflot is part of Johnson’s ‘largest-ever’ package of sanctions against Russia. According to The Guardian, this includes suspending the country’s use of the Swift international payment systems, freezing Russian bank assets, and sanctioning over 100 individuals and entities, like Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov, and Denis Bortnikov, the chair of VTB Bank’s management board.

These are people who have international lifestyles, a diplomatic source told The Guardian. They come to Harrods to shop, they stay in our best hotels when they like, they send their children to our best public schools, and that is what’s being stopped.

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