Canada says Russian airline Aeroflot violated its airspace

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FILE PHOTO: A plane takes off from Billy Bishop Airport after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that passengers will require COVID-19 vaccinations for intercity air, water, and train services, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 6, 2021. REUTERS / Carlos Osorio / File photo

February 28, 2022

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

“We are aware that Aeroflot Flight 111 violated a ban introduced earlier today on Russian flights using Canadian airspace,” Transport Canada said in a tweet late Sunday.

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

A spokesman for the Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said there are no direct flights between Russia and Canada every day.

Transport Canada said it will conduct a review of the conduct of Aeroflot and Canadian air traffic control provider Nav Canada following 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. The airline said the aircraft operator declared the flight a humanitarian flight because it entered domestic airspace, where special handling by air traffic control would be required under normal circumstances.

“We are currently working with Transport Canada to investigate the incident and are working with neighboring Air Navigation Service Providers to assist in rerouting aircraft before they enter the air. part controlled by Canada,” Nav Canada said.

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

Minister Alghabra announced at 09:00 ET on Sunday that Canada will close its airspace to Russian aircraft operators following similar measures from other countries.

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

Britain banned Aeroflot from entering British airspace. Poland and the Czech Republic have also said they are banning Russian airlines from their airspace, while airlines including British Airways and IAG-owned Virgin Atlantic have begun routing flights. around Russian airspace.

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

Canada is also part of a Western union that has blocked “selected” Russian banks from SWIFT payments leaves-room-tighten -2022-02-27 system on Saturday.

(Reporting by Denny Thomas and Ann Maria Shibu; Additional reporting by Jose Joseph; Editing by Will Dunham, Kenneth Maxwell and Michael Perry) Canada says Russian airline Aeroflot violated its airspace

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