Czech, Poland, Bulgaria to close airspace for Russian flights
Earlier on Friday, Polish airline LOT had already stopped flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria each said on Friday they would close their airspace for flights by Russian carriers in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, starting at midnight.
Earlier on Friday, Polish airline LOT had already suspended flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“From midnight tonight we are suspending all Russian airline companies’ traffic in Czech airspace,” tweeted Czech Transport Minister Martin Kupka.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Facebook that Poland was preparing a similar proposal.
“The ban will come into effect from midnight,” Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller said later on Twitter.
A similar decision came into force in Bulgaria at midnight (2200 GMT) on “deteriorating military conflict and solidarity with Ukraine”.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Transport, Russian airplanes “can no longer enter sovereign Bulgarian airspace, including in its territorial waters”.
It follows the British government’s decision to ban Russian major carrier Aeroflot from flying over the UK.
Moscow on Friday banned all UK-bound aircraft, including transit flights, from Russian airspace.
Meanwhile, Moldova said on Thursday it was closing its airspace, redirecting all flights to other airports, while Belarus said it was closing “part” of its airspace.