Russia bans airlines from 36 nations from its airspace

Russia has closed its airspace to airlines from 36 countries, including all 27 members of the European Union in response to a slew of bans on its planes over its invasion of Ukraine. Some of the banned countries had already been identified, while others were named by the aviation authority Rosaviatsia for the first time following the punitive measures imposed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The flight bans are expected to hurt airlines that fly over the world’s biggest country to get from Europe to Asia. They are likely to force them to find new routes.