Ukraine has allowed a Russian aircraft to enter its airspace for the first time since 2015, reported the press-service of Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) on August 8.
A passenger liner of the Globus Airlines, flying from Italy back to Russia, had to fly over the Ukrainian territory because of the massive storm front.
"On August 7, 2019, the pilot of the Boeing-738 REG-VQBMG aircraft, carrying out the flight number GLP636 from Bari (Italy) to Moscow (Russia), received permission to use the airspace of Ukraine to avoid the active weather en route," reports TASS news agency. The plane flew over the Lviv region.
Permission was granted because of the possible emergency during the flight. The plane was in the Ukrainian airspace for 26 minutes.
Air traffic between Russia and Ukraine stopped in October 2015 on the Kyiv's initiative. Ukrainian authorities have banned Russian airlines from using the country's airspace, including for transit flights.