European Union closes off airspace to Russian aircraft


In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union yesterday closed its airspace to all Russian aircraft. Announced via media statement, EU president Ursula von der Leyen said the measures “apply to any plane owned, chartered, or otherwise controlled by a Russian legal or natural person…[which] includes the private jets of oligarchs,” regardless of where these aircraft are registered.

According to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), this move makes air travel “no longer possible” between Russia and the EU. “At this point in time, EBAA is calling on members to be very cautious when planning their flight operations. Given the rapidly developing situation regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, EBAA recommends operators stay in regular contact with their national authority and insurance brokers to ensure their operations are carried out safely and in accordance with the regulations in effect.”

EBAA said it continues to monitor the situation as it develops and will provide members with factual, accurate updates to any changes in aviation regulations resulting from the conflict.