Moldova closes airspace citing Russian attack on Ukraine

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Moldova, the western neighbor of Ukraine, announced closure of its airspace. 

The decision was taken to “avoid putting at risk civilian flights”, according to a statement issued by Moldova’s government, issued around the noon of February 24, 2022.  

All flights to Moldova’s capital Chisinau will be redirected to Iasi (IAS), a Romanian airport situated close to the Moldovan border. 

Earlier in the day, Moldova’s government declared a state of emergency and announced that it was preparing to receive a large number of refugees fleeing Ukraine. 

According to Moldovan media, the closure of the airspace was recommended by the country’s Supreme Security Council and came into force at 12:00 p.m. EET (10:00 GMT). 

At the time of writing, multiple flight tracking services show Moldova’s airspace as being clear from civilian traffic, while numerous Chisinau-bound flights, scheduled to arrive during the second half of the day, have been cancelled.  

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