Ukrainian Invasion Impacts Traveling

Ukrainian Invasion impacts Traveling

The Ukraine Conflict has repercussions beyond the short term. There will be a worldwide spike in air travel cancellations and delays for the weeks to come. This is most likely the result of nations closing their airspace to Russian airplanes and is sure to affect international travel. Currently, the European Union has closed all airspace across its 27 countries to Russian airplanes. More and more European countries are closing their airspace to Russia including Switzerland and Moldova.

In response to the EU ban, the Russian Civil Aviation Authority announced on Monday that it has closed off its airspace to the carriers of 36 countries. The list also includes the United Kingdom and Canada, which have both banned Russian aircraft.

The Russian Civil Aviation Authority announced that it has closed off its airspace to the carriers of 36 countries in response to the EU ban. The list also includes the United Kingdom, France, and Canada. Some commercial airlines, including Lufthansa and Air France, had already suspended flights to Ukraine earlier this week as tensions escalated.

Ukrainian Invasion impacts Traveling

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the invasion of Ukraine a “special operation” and justified it by saying “neo-Nazis” rule the country and threaten Russia’s security – a charge Kyiv and Western governments say is baseless propaganda.

While President Joe Biden on his part has announced that the US will follow suit and ban Russian aircraft from US airspace.

In the midst of this political chaos, many innocent civilians are facing dire consequences. As Przemysłlaw Marczewski, a representative for the national Polish Tourism Organisation told CNN Travel on February 25 that “Polish land borders with Ukraine have been open to refugees and that the travel industry is supporting the citizens of Ukraine with temporary accommodation in hotels. Tourists with near-term plans to visit Poland are advised to book accommodations in advance, “as part of the hotel infrastructure may be earmarked for those in need.”

Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky has announced that (a nonprofit established by the main Airbnb vacation rental company) will help Ukrainian refugees with short-term free housing.

Chesky has urged the governments of Poland, Romania, Germany, and Hungary, to offer support for housing refugees, according to a statement from Airbnb. The housing will be funded by the company, donors, and hosts on the platform.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Ukraine refugee

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