Following the unleashing of the war operation over Ukraine, this very Thursday Kiev decreed the closure of its airspace. Flights in and out of the country have been suspended, and flying over the war zone is prohibited.
This is what the ‘big hole’ the war in Ukraine has left in world air travel looks like
This has left a hole in air navigation that has become visible on websites that monitor global air traffic. On sites such as Flight Radar it can be seen how no air routes are currently flying over the territory of Ukraine and the surrounding area.
“Due to the high aviation safety risk for civil aeronautics the closure of Ukrainian airspace for civil flights is decreed,” the State Air Traffic Services Enterprise of Ukraine reported in the early hours of Thursday.
Airspace over and around Ukraine at 06:00 UTC time, today and 7 days ago. pic.twitter.com/0U6MYguZdO
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 24, 2022
Shortly before that, Russia also closed airspace in the regions bordering eastern Ukraine. The closure of Ukrainian airspace for civilian flights was decreed as of 00.45 GMT (02.45 local time).
The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure noted on its Telegram account that operations at Borispol International Airport have been suspended.