Officials in Canada say they want to open an inquiry into an Aeroflot aircraft from Miami to Moscow that crossed Canadian territory on Sunday, as an increasing number of nations move to restrict Russian planes from their airspace due to the ongoing invasion in Ukraine.
Transport Canada and Aeroflot have been contacted by CNN for further information.
Aeroflot, Russia’s national airline and largest airline, does not fly to Canada directly. However, some of its flights to the United States have typically flown through Canadian airspace.
The European Union stated on Sunday that any Russian-owned, Russian-registered, or Russian-controlled aircraft will be barred from flying in its territory.
Russian planes have also been barred from entering the United Kingdom’s airspace.
Russia has retaliated by prohibiting planes from a number of nations from entering its airspace.
These restrictions, along with the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have resulted in massive no-fly zones. Long-haul airlines that traditionally go via Eastern Europe to reach Asia are being forced to reroute or cancel flights.
Finnair, for example, stated on Sunday that flights into Russian airspace will be suspended for one week. As a result, some flights are being canceled, while others are being rerouted.
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Aeroflot’s Collaboration With Delta Air Lines Has Come To An End
Despite the fact that the United States has not prohibited Russian flights from its airspace as of Monday morning, Delta Air Lines said on Friday that it is terminating its codeshare arrangement with Aeroflot, effective immediately, in reaction to Ukraine’s invasion.
The arrangement permitted Delta to book passengers on Aeroflot flights departing from Moscow and Aeroflot to book passengers on Delta flights departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles’ Los Angeles International Airport.