Russia restricts air traffic over cities hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency announced restrictions on the use of airspace over the cities hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The restrictions will be effective from June 1 to July 17.

The Ministry of Transport announced that “additional restricted flight zones have been established above the cities… as well as over the teams’ recreation bases and training grounds."

The Ministry noted that the ban also applies to quadcopters. "Recently, there has been a significant increase in violations by unmanned aircraft owners of the procedure to use Russian airspace.” The Ministry added that the majority of the violators used amateur-class drones with a maximum take-off weight of 30 kilograms.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 begins in Russia on June 14. Matches will be held in 11 cities.

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