Over Finland and Estonia: Russian planes avoid thunderstorms in EU airspace

Over Finland and Estonia: Russian planes avoid thunderstorms in EU airspace

When flying around thunderstorms three Russian passenger planes with exemption diverted to the airspace of Finland and Estonia. In a statement on Thursday in Moscow, the Russian aviation authority Rosawiazija thanked the EU for the help of neighboring countries.

The EU has theirs Airspace actually closed to Russian planes as part of sanctions over Moscow’s war in Ukraine. According to the information, it was about three flights by the Russian companies Rossiya, Ural Airlines and Nordwind from or to Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea on Wednesday.

On the route to the Kaliningrad exclave, Russian pilots have to take a detour via the Baltic Sea due to the blocking of EU airspace. There is only one over the Gulf of Finland narrow corridor of international airspace between Finland in the north and Estonia in the south.

The Finnish traffic authority Fintraffic confirmed that exemptions. Because of the thunderstorms, the planes were forced to deviate from the planned routes, said spokeswoman Leena Huhtamaa, according to the Yle radio.

Russian and Belarusian aircraft are only allowed to use Finnish airspace in an emergency; this includes flying around dangerous weather conditions. Estonia allowed the evasive maneuver, reported the radio in the capital Tallinn without further details. (dpa)

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