Canada closes airspace to Russia ‘effective immediately’ – Toronto Star

“Effective immediately, Canada’s airspace is closed to all Russian aircraft operators,” wrote Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra on Twitter. “We will hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked attacks against Ukraine.”

Canada’s airspace is now closed to all Russian aircraft operators, including Aeroflot, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

By The Canadian Press

Sun., Feb. 27, 20221 min. read

Article was updated 1 min ago

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says effective immediately, Canada’s airspace is closed to all Russian aircraft operators.

Alghabra in a tweet today says the move is intended to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

While Aeroflot does not operate any flights directly to Canada, it does have several flights per day through Canadian airspace en route to the U.S. and other destinations.

Canada is only the latest country to ban Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot and other airlines.

Several other nations, including the United Kingdom, Poland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, have also suspended Aeroflot’s foreign carrier permit, while more have said they will follow suit.

In a tit-for-tat response, Russia has banned commercial flights from the U.K., Poland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

More to come.

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