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Aeroflot grounds international operations amid war

Mohamed Rehan
06 March 2022, MVT 14:02
A Russian Aeroflot airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 22, 2022. - Canada has closed its airspace to all Russian carriers in protest of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ottawa announced on February 27, 2022. While there had been no direct flights between Canadian and Russian airports, the decision by the world's second-largest country -- Russia is the largest -- could seriously complicate flights by Russian carrier Aeroflot to or from the US, as well as to other countries to the south. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)
Mohamed Rehan
06 March 2022, MVT 14:02

The flagship carrier of Russia, confirms that it will be suspending all international flights, except to neighboring Belarus, effective from 08th March, Tuesday.

The airline's decision comes as Moscow faces a myriad of Western-led sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

Aeroflot's move also abides the country's civil aviation authority; Rosaviatsiya's recommendation of halting "Russian airlines operating foreign-leased planes."

The authority recommended a halt on both passenger and cargo flights abroad citing the heavy risk of "rental aircraft" impoundment as part of the Western sanctions.

Furthermore, Rosaviatsiya's recommendation does not extend to Russian airlines that use Russian planes or foreign planes that are not at risk of impoundment. It also does not apply to foreign airlines from countries that have not imposed sanctions on Russia.

Meanwhile, Aeroflot in a statement said, "temporary suspension of all international flights from March 8" while it had added that their international operations have come to a halt "due to additional circumstances that prevent the performance of flights" implying the Russian civil aviation authority's warning.

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