Following Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, Ukraine has announced the suspension of all passenger flights as a result of the closure of airspace to all civilian flights.
Ukraine’s State Air Traffic Services, in a statement, said:
Based on the urgent message of the Main Center for the Use of Airspace of Civil Aviation of the Russian Federation, due to the high risk of aviation safety for civil aviation from 00.45 UTC (2.45 Kyiv time) of the Joint Civil-Military Air Traffic Management System of Ukraine on the use of Ukraine’s airspace , in accordance with the requirements of the Air Code of Ukraine and the Regulations on the use of Ukrainian airspace, has taken urgent measures to close Ukraine’s airspace to civilian airspace users. The provision of air traffic services to civilian users of the airspace of Ukraine is suspended.
Air India, which had announced 3 ‘repatriation’ flights to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, was affected by the sudden closure of the Ukrainian airspace. The airline was operating the second of 3 flights today from Delhi to Kyiv. The Boeing B787 Dreamliner was approximately 2 hours into the flight when it had to turn back over Iran. The aircraft has now landed safely at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Ryanair, which operates flights to and from Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa airport, released the following statement this morning:
Due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace overnight, and the apparent invasion by Russian forces all Ryanair flights to/from Ukraine have been suspended for at least the next 14 days. All affected passengers will receive email notices later this morning and all flights to/from Ukraine have been removed from sale for at least next four weeks until further information becomes available from EU safety agencies. Ryanair remains committed to our services to/from Ukraine and we look forward to restoring flight services there as soon as it is safe to do so. We sincerely regret and apologise for these unprecedented disruptions and any inconvenience that they will inevitably cause to our Ukrainian customers.
Multiple airlines, including SWISS, KLM and Scandinavian Airlines, had already suspended flights to Ukraine due to the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.