Canada says Russian airline Aeroflot has breached its airspace

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February 28, 2022

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Russian airline Aeroflot on Sunday violated a ban on aircraft from the country using Canadian airspace, said the transport agency Transport Canada, on the same day as the restriction was imposed in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We are aware that Aeroflot Flight 111 violated the ban imposed earlier today on Russian flights using Canadian airspace,” Transport Canada tweeted late Sunday.

Flight 111 departs from Miami, Florida to Moscow and takes off at 15:12 ET, according to FlightRadar24.

There are no direct flights between Russia and Canada, but several Russian flights a day have so far passed through Canadian airspace to other countries, said spokesman for Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

Transport Canada said it would initiate a review of the conduct of Aeroflot and the Canadian air navigation service provider Nav Canada in the wake of the breach.

“We will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action and other measures to prevent future violations,” the Canadian regulator said.

Nav Canada confirmed to Reuters that Aeroflot had entered Canadian airspace. It said that the carrier described the flight as a humanitarian flight when it entered the domestic airspace, which requires special handling of air traffic control under normal circumstances.

“We are currently working with Transport Canada to investigate the incident and are working with nearby air navigation service providers to support the return flights of aircraft before entering Canadian-controlled airspace,” said Nav Canada.

Aeroflot did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Alghabra’s minister announced at 0900 ET on Sunday that Canada would close its airspace to Russian carriers following similar measures from other countries.

“We will hold Russia accountable for its unwarranted attacks on Ukraine,” Transport Minister Alghabra wrote in a Twitter post.

The British have banned Aeroflot from entering British airspace. Poland and the Czech Republic also said they were banning Russian airlines from their airspace, but airlines including British Airways owned by IAG and Virgin Atlantic began directing flights over Russian airspace.

Canada has imposed severe sanctions on Russia, targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in line with the United States.

Canada was also part of a Western alliance that barred “selected” Russian banks from SWIFT payments https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/swift-block-deals-crippling-blow-russia-leaves-room-tighten – 2022-02-27 system on Saturday.

(Reports by Denny Thomas and Ann Maria Shibu; Additional Reports by Jose Joseph; Editing by Will Dunham, Kenneth Maxwell and Michael Perry)

Canada says Russian airline Aeroflot has breached its airspace

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