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Europe and Russia Air Bans Raise Echo of Cold War Disruption

  • Russian carriers walled off as EU weighs barring its airspace
  • Plane diversions add to fuel costs for airline industry
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European Union to Close Airspace to All Russian Aircraft
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Most of Europe closed its airspace to carriers from Russia, which reciprocated with its own bans in an echo of the Cold War restrictions that caused airlines to fly circuitous intercontinental routes.

Ireland, France, Sweden and the Netherlands were among a host of nations saying Sunday that they would join Finland, the U.K., Germany and others in banning Russian planes in the wake of the Ukraine invasion.