Amid the current conflict in Ukraine, multiple airlines are suspending flights to and from Russia for the immediate future, and as a result, the U.S. Embassy has instructed Americans who remain in that country to depart as soon as practicable while air transportation continues to be accessible, as Breitbart reports.
The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia on Sunday posted a security alert to its website cautioning Americans about the rapidly changing circumstances and warning that commercial flight opportunities may soon become scarce.
The notice declared, “An increasing number of airlines are canceling flights into and out of Russia, and numerous countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines. U.S. citizens should consider departing Russia immediately via commercial options still available.”
As CNBC reported, German carrier Lufthansa indicated on Saturday that it would suspend flights headed to Russia for a period of seven days and steer clear of Russian airspace and noted, “Flights that are in Russian airspace will leave it shortly. Lufthansa Group continues to monitor the situation closely and is in close exchange with national and international authorities.”
The outlet also noted that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was eliminating some routes to Russia for the time being to prevent crews from having to stay in that country overnight.
On Friday, Delta Air Lines announced a decision to suspend the codeshare agreement it has with Russian carrier Aeroflot through which the airlines were able to book tickets on each other’s flights.
In addition to the words of warning regarding air travel out of Russia, the American Embassy’s Sunday alert reiterated that the State Department’s current Travel Advisory level for Russia sits at “Level 4: Do Not Travel.”
According to the advisory statement, American citizens should avoid travel to Russia “due to the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia,” and a series of other rationales.
In an act of retaliation for Western sanctions designed to hinder its aviation sector, Russia on Monday banned flights originating from some 36 countries, including Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, and Spain, signaling the further spread of massive economic and commercial fallout from the ongoing hostilities.