LONDON – Following a potential invasion of Ukraine by Russia, KLM has announced the suspension of flights to Kiev.
The airline has also stated that flights will not fly through Ukrainian airspace until further notice, despite not doing so since 2014.
In a statement, the carrier said the following:
“KLM always puts the safety of passengers and employees first in the conduct of its operation. Choosing safe and optimal routes is a standard part of our daily practice.”
“KLM uses a security management system to analyze risks in order to determine safe flight routes. This analysis also uses information that is shared within the Dutch expert group, which includes all Dutch airlines, the intelligence services, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NCTV, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.”
“The decision not to fly over or to a specific country is based on the most current analyzes at that time.”
The next flight to the capital was scheduled for tonight, but this has been canceled.