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Lufthansa Flight Turns Back Midair Over Russian Airspace

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S7 and Aeroflot had to cancel services to all EU Airports as of today. The European Union is banning all Russian airlines from serving destinations in the EU and flying through its airspace. This was first reported by German public broadcaster ARD on Saturday evening.

At the same time, European airlines are stopping their flight connections to Russia for at least one week while also avoiding Russia’s airspace.

This will lead to significantly longer flights, specifically between Europe and East Asia.

On Saturday, several Lufthansa and KLM flights had already entered Russian airspace and turned around midair. “Lufthansa will not use Russian airspace for the next seven days due to the current and emerging regulatory situation. Flights to Russia will be suspended during this period.“, a Lufthansa spokesperson said.

The avoidance of Russian airspace will inevitably lead to significantly longer flight times on routes between Europe and East Asia.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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