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Russia-Ukraine conflict: What you need to know if you plan to fly

Air India called back its second of the three flights to Kyiv. A few airlines, like El-Al, changed course immediately. Those flying to Europe, and Russia, in particular, should follow social media handles of concerned airlines and countries.

February 24, 2022 / 02:38 PM IST
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Asia woke up to the news of an assault on Ukraine by Russia. Official communication was hard to come by, but the hours leading up to the reports of the first blasts had seen reports of the IT network in Ukraine being compromised.

The world wouldn't have imagined another conflict so soon, after the hasty exit by Americans from Afghanistan and the subsequent takeover by the Taliban.

Even as news of the Ukraine conflict emerged, Air India pushed back its second of the three flights to Kyiv to bring back stranded Indians. The flight had to subsequently return over Iran and head back to New Delhi.

The first glimpse of a possible conflict came up in the wee hours in Ukraine and Russia, with the Russian side releasing a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) for closure of all airspace in the disputed areas over Eastern Ukraine.