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UK flights banned from Russia in retaliation after Aeroflot not allowed to fly to Britain

UK flights to and over Russia have been banned by the country’s civil aviation authority in retaliation for a British ban on Aeroflot in UK airports and airspace.

Rosaviatsiya said that all flights by the UK carriers to Russia as well as transit flights are banned from Friday.

It is acting, it said, in response to the “unfriendly decisions” by the British authorities who banned the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot as part of sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

British Airways has said it is now avoiding Russian airspace for overflights and cancelled its flight to Moscow on Friday.

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Aeroflot planes have been banned from UK airspace

Luis Gallego, CEO of British Airways owner, IAG, said: “Following the UK government decision to ban Aeroflot from landing in the UK, we have taken the decision not use Russian airspace for overflights.

“We are avoiding Russian airspace for the time being. The impact for us is not huge because right now we are only flying to a small number of destinations in Asia and we can reroute our flights.”

On Thursday, Boris Johnson announced what he called the “largest set of sanctions ever imposed anywhere by the UK government”.

More on Russia

Five more Russian oligarchs known to be close to the Kremlin face sanctions, including Russian president Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law.

In all, the prime minister said, more than 100 businesses and individuals will be tackled, including “all the major manufacturers that support Putin’s war machine”.

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