Russian airlines banned from European airspace, Ukraine Air Suspends Flights – SGF News

February 28, 2022

Russian airlines to be banned from most European airspace

Russian airlines are facing an almost complete blockade from flying west over Europe after they were barred from the airspace of nearly 30 countries following the invasion of Ukraine.

On Sunday evening the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said the whole bloc would close its airspace to Russian aircraft.

Hours earlier, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Norway and Finland had joined the long list of states across the continent that have imposed national bans on Russian aircraft flying overhead.

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Aeroflot Statement on Flights to the USA, Mexico, Cuba

Due to the closure of Canadian airspace, Aeroflot's transatlantic flights from February 28 to March 2, 2022 to and from Moscow to the following destinations have been cancelled:

  • Mexico (Cancun — SU158/159);
  • USA (Los Angeles — SU108/109; Miami — SU110/111; New York — SU102/103 and SU124/125; Washington — SU104/105);
  • Cuba (Havana — SU150/151; Varadero — SU154/155);
  • Dominican Republic (Punta Cana — SU156/157).

Updated information about further flights on these routes will be posted on the website and on the official accounts of the airline in social networks. We ask passengers to follow the changes in the schedule.

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Ukraine International Airlines suspends flights until March 23rd

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) extends the suspension of flights due to the extension of the closure of Ukrainian airspace for civilian airspace users.

This decision is according to the official NOTAM of the State Aviation Service. Accordingly, UIA will not operate regular and charter flights to/from Ukraine until 23:59 on March 23, 2022 Kyiv time.

UIA emphasises that it maintains and will maintain relations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. Given the difficult situation in martial law, the airline draws attention to the possibility of forced delays and difficulties in feedback on service channels of communication with passengers and counts on understanding.

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Budget Airline Breeze Airways Shares Plans to Launch International Flights

Breeze Airways, the low-cost carrier from JetBlue and WestJet founder David Neeleman, is about to go global.

The new airline, which took flight in May 2021, initially launched with 39 routes across 16 cities in the U.S., focusing on smaller hubs like Louisville, Kentucky; Tampa, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Norfolk, Virginia. Shortly after, the carrier quickly became the best-funded airline startup in U.S. history, with over $300 million in capital raised within its first three months of operations.

Now, the little airline that could is eyeing a significant expansion, announcing interest in scaling up its service across the globe. During a panel discussion at the Routes America conference in San Antonio last week, Breeze chief operations officer Lukas Johnson shared that the airline is currently in talks to secure a larger fleet of Airbus A220 aircraft, which will aid it in expanding service to longer domestic routes. "We're going through the certification process for the 220s first," said Johnson.

"Then we'll tackle the next pieces, which is international, etc."

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