Ukraine to ban flights by Russian airlines

Aeroflot and Transaero targeted in wave of restrictions
As part of a wave of tough new restrictions on Russian companies, Ukraine says it will ban flights by Russian airlines from October 25. The move targets Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The restrictions will hit more than 90 companies or groups, including the airlines Transaero and national flag carrier Aeroflot.
“In accordance with a decision by the Security Council, the government of Ukraine is adopting a decision to ban flights by Russian companies, primarily Aeroflot and Transaero, to Ukraine,” Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk proclaimed.
He added later: “Russian planes with the Russian tricolour have no business in Ukrainian airports.”
However, Aeroflot said it had not yet received formal notification of the move, explaining in a statement: “Only when and if Aeroflot receives official notification from the aviation authorities of Ukraine that flights have been cancelled will the company inform passengers and explain the rules on ticket reimbursement.”


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