How the Russian Invasion of Ukraine is Affecting Travel February 28 2022
Additionally, a number of countries and territories have been banned by the government of Russia from using its airspace — including:
Anguilla — which is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom
British Virgin Islands
Denmark — including Greenland and the Faroe Islands
As a result, a number of airlines have had to either cancel flight routes — or extend the duration of their time.
“Due to the closure of Russian airspace, we are evaluating alternative routings for some of our flights to Japan, Korea and China. So far, we have cancelled flights to these destinations until 6 March 2022, and cancelled all flights to Russia until 28 May 2022”, according to this statement which was posted at the official Internet web site of Finnair. “We will communicate on further cancellations of our flights to Japan, China and Korea starting from the end of this week, once the routing plans have been finalised.”
The flag carrier of Finland will continue flying airplanes from Helsinki to Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, and Delhi; and from Stockholm Arlanda to Phuket — but the avoidance of using the airspace over Russia will increase the travel time of those flights by approximately one hour.
At the time this article was written, a number of official Internet web sites of Russia and its government were either down or inaccessible.
“There are other travel avenues that are affected by this war”, according to this comment which was posted by DaninMCI, who is a reader of The Gate. “Cruise ships are canceling ports of call and cruises to St. Petersburg (which is a popular destination) have been canceled. The US State Department travel advisories aren’t up to date and still just show everything red due to covid but travel to Poland, Romania, and Finland is not advised. Turkey has closed the Dardenelles and Bosphorus, per the 1936 Montreux convention agreements, to Russian and Ukrainian ships. Train traffic in Eastern Europe is disrupted in places and borders are becoming more strict including restrictions on males leaving Ukraine as refugees while males are being admitted into Ukraine with proper documents. It’s a very dynamic situation somewhat more like WW1 than WW2 in some ways. Look for signs in China, Syria, Iran, Israel, India, Pakistan and Belarus for possible expansion of hostilities.”
Reports have been circulating from multiple media sources that Belarus is joining forces with Russia against Ukraine — but those reports have yet to be confirmed at the time this article was written. The airspace over that country — as well as that over Moldova — was reportedly closed to commercial air traffic.
How the Russian Invasion of Ukraine is Affecting Travel February 27 2022
Effective as of Friday, February 25, 2022, Delta Air Lines withdrew its codeshare services operated in conjunction with Aeroflot, which is the national airline of Russia. “We have removed our code from Aeroflot-operated services beyond Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and removed Aeroflot’s code from Delta-operated services from Los Angeles and New York-JFK”, according to this official statement from Delta Air Lines, which currently does not operate any services to Ukraine or Russia. “Accommodations will be made for customers affected by these changes.”
Meanwhile, all flights which are operated by Aeroflot to destinations within Europe will be canceled until further notice after the decision by many countries to close their airspace in protest of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Aeroflot is still currently a member of the SkyTeam alliance at the time this article was written, with no indication of any boycott of the airline by the alliance itself.
For example, Ursula von der Leyen — who is the current president of the European Commission — proposed a set of new measures to leaders in the European Union to strengthen its response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia while simultaneously crippling the ability of the current president of Russia to “finance his war machine.”
Financial sanctions, targeting 70 percent of the banking market and key state owned companies of Russia — including in defense
Targeting the energy sector — which is a key economic area that especially benefits Russia — with European export ban that will hit the oil sector by making it impossible for Russia to upgrade its refineries
Banning the sale of aircrafts and equipment to Russian airlines
Limiting Russia’s access to crucial technology — such as semiconductors or cutting-edge software
Restricting access to the European Union for Russian diplomats and related groups and business people
That travel is not the utmost issue on the minds of the people of Ukraine would be stating the obvious; and that the shock and dismay of people around the world at the military invasion of that country by Russia is an understatement — but travel is among the repercussions of the conflict which have been reverberating globally in various forms…