After Moscow did not authorize flights of the German airline Lufthansa to Russia, Germany closed the airspace to Russian airlines.
Germany has banned Russian aircraft from entering its airspace. This was announced on Wednesday, June 2, by the German Ministry of Transport. This decision was made after Moscow did not issue a timely approval for Lufthansa flights to Russia in June.
The German Ministry of Transport clarified that this decision is based on the practice of mutual approval of flights and concerns the flights of Aeroflot and S7.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Russia has unilaterally suspended bilateral air traffic agreements in March 2020, the German ministry said. Since then, flights have been approved “partly on a monthly charter basis and on a reciprocal basis.” The German side did not grant any additional permits for flights of Russian airlines “until permits from the Russian side are considered.”
Meanwhile, the Interfax news agency reported on the evening of June 2 that Lufthansa had received permits to fly to Russia.