Greece extends ban on Russian aircraft over its airspace

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A standing notam that effected a ban on Russian aircraft flying over Greece’s national airspace has been extended to the end of June due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, said the country’s Civil Aviation Authority on Monday.

Similarly, civil aircraft still cannot fly over Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, noted the authority.

Greece’s airspace was closed to Russian airlines and flights as part of the EU-wide ban announced on Sunday 27 February.

Much of Europe  closed its airspace to Russian airlines and flights after EU President Ursula von der Leyen announced a raft of new sanctions in late February, including a ban on Russian flights using EU airspace.

European countries are monitoring their airspace carefully after Ukraine closed its airspace to commercial flights.

Moldova, southwest of Ukraine, has banned commercial flights, while Belarus to the north said civilian planes could no longer fly over part of its territory.

Similarly, the UK has banned all Russian aircraft from flying in British airspace .

European Union

In late February, Ursula von der Leyen announced the entire EU airspace would be shut to Russian flights, as part of a raft of new sanctions unveiled today.

“We are shutting down the EU airspace for Russians,” the EU president said.

“We’re proposing a prohibition on all Russian-owned, Russian-registered, and Russian-controlled aircraft.

“These aircraft will no more be able to land in, take off, or overfly the territory of the European Union.”

She added that the restrictions will include private jets of Russian oligarchs.

Cyprus

Cyprus’s airspace is also closed to Russian airlines and flights as part of the EU-wide ban announced on Sunday 27 February.