How have sanctions affected Russia’s airlines?

Western nations have hit Russia with swathes of sanctions in condemning the country's invasion of Ukraine, but how do these new penalties affect its airlines? Martin Needham reports

Many nations have responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with sanctions in an attempt to punish the country economically.

The United Kingdom, followed by the European Union, Canada and the United States have all blocked Russian owned, operated or chartered aircraft from entering their airspace, while sanctions have meant that trading with the state is now heavily restricted.

The UK has since gone a step further by blocking Russian companies from accessing London’s aviation and space insurance market – the world’s largest commercial and speciality insurance sector.

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