Flights to Ukraine Halted as Russia Tensions Mount

Several countries and airliners have banned flights to Ukraine as tensions with Russia rise. 

Dutch airline KLM has canceled flights to Ukraine while Ukrainian charter airline SkyUp has diverted its flights away from its home country. 

“The next flight to the capital Kyiv is scheduled for tonight, but will not be operated,” the Netherlands’ main airline said in a statement. The decision followed “changes to travel advice… and a comprehensive security analysis,” said KLM. 

Lufthansa, Swiss, and Austrian Airlines have already reduced flights to Ukraine last month after Russian forces started building up and mandated that their crew should not remain in the country overnight.

Ukrainian presidential spokesman Serhii Nykyforov however claimed that they have not closed their airspace while the Infrastructure Ministry said that the carriers  are suffering from “fluctuations in the insurance markets.”

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