Poland bans Russian air carriers from entering its airspace

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From midnight on Friday, a ban has come into force on flights in Polish airspace of planes used by Russian carriers, the Civil Aviation Authority (ULC) has announced.

The ban results from a regulation by the government, published on February 25 and coming into force the following day. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recommended on Friday that a bill be prepared on closing Polish airspace to Russian airlines.

The ULC reported on its website that the regulation introduces a ban on planes used by Russian carriers from entering Polish airspace. The ban does not affect planes conducting humanitarian missions.

The ban will remain in force until 23:59 on May 26, 2022.