FAA restricts U.S. airlines from flying parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia


On February 24, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would limit American Airlines and pilots flying over Ukraine and nearby Belarus.

The FAA, which had already restricted flights to eastern Ukraine, has issued notices to air missions covering all of Ukraine, all of Belarus and western Russia.

“These restrictions do not apply to military operations,” officials said in a statement to the press. They apply to private and freight flights.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued a similar notice, adding a larger buffer along the Russian-Ukraine border.

“This extension reflects operational reality and takes into account the assessed risks posed by the threat of missile launches with Ukraine,” officials said in a statement.

According to European authorities, notifications arrived after the Russian Defense Ministry told Ukraine that there was a high risk of aircraft flight safety due to the onset of the war. It also followed Ukrainian authorities to limit flight due to the potential danger of war.

Ryan Petersen, CEO of freight company Flexport, said the notice “leads to significant delays and potential cancellations.” [airlines] Work on this new reality of airspace. “

Flexport’s cargo ship service from Hong Kong to Maastricht was delayed by several hours as it shifted to the Middle East to avoid flying over Russia, Peterson said on Twitter.

On the map of the tracking website Flightradar24, there were no flights over Ukraine, and few flights over Belarus, north of Ukraine, or Moldova, south of Ukraine.

“The situation is that the flight to Moldova has been canceled. That’s it, now we’re not flying anywhere. Now we have to return,” said a Russian woman at the airport in Moscow, Russia today. Told to.

Russia began launching missiles into Ukraine this week and began moving troops to Ukraine on early February 24, under the orders of President Vladimir Putin.

The battle caused dozens of casualties.

In other flight-related developments, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shaps has signed a restriction banning all Russian airlines from entering or landing in British territory.

“Putin’s vicious behavior will not be ignored and we will never tolerate those who endanger people’s lives,” Chaps said in a statement.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber features US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.

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