Ukraine-Russia conflict: UAE airlines are closely monitoring the situation – News


The Emirates embassy had asked its citizens last week to “postpone their trip to Ukraine for the time being”

Published: Sun 20 Feb 2022, 19:09

Last update: Sun 20 Feb 2022, 23:02

Airlines in the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that they are closely monitoring the situation regarding the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia as well as the use of Ukrainian airspace.

Low-cost carrier flydubai, which operates flights to two Ukrainian cities, said it canceled services to the capital Kyiv, also known as Kyiv, on Wednesday. Flydubai flights are currently operating to Ukraine.

Due to the escalating situation on the Ukraine-Russia border, the UAE Embassy in Ukraine last week asked its citizens to “postpone travel to Ukraine for the time being” due to of the worsening of the situation.

Airlines around the world are watching developments cautiously. Lufthansa announced last week that it would suspend flights to Kyiv from Monday to the end of the month and also reduce exposure to Ukrainian airspace, fearing an imminent Russian attack on Kyiv. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also announced an indefinite suspension of flights to Ukraine or through Ukrainian airspace on February 12.


Russia is said to have amassed up to 190,000 troops in or near Ukraine. Western countries have warned that the Russian military presence is building up near Ukraine’s borders ahead of a likely attack. However, Moscow insisted that it was withdrawing its army.

“We continue to monitor the situation. Please note that we operate daily double service to Kyiv and 3 weekly flights to Odessa. As you know, our services to Kyiv were canceled on February 16,” a spokesperson said on Sunday. flydubai in a statement to the Khaleej Times.

Emirates does not operate flights to Ukraine.

Abu Dhabi-based national carrier Etihad Airways does not operate any flights to or over Ukraine, but Etihad said it is “vigilantly monitoring global airspace restrictions and threats” . The safety and well-being of our customers is always Etihad’s top priority. »

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