Ukrainian airspace closed, Air India plane departs from Delhi to bring back Indians from Ukraine, An Air India plane took off for Ukraine on Thursday morning to bring back Indians from the eastern European nation, which is now facing a Russian offensive.
However, as the Ukrainian authorities on Thursday morning closed the country’s airspace for civil aircraft operations, Air India and the central government are considering whether the plane should be called back or allowed to continue on its journey, officials said.
The Air India flight AI 1947 started from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here at around 7.30 am for Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv.
The plane is expected to arrive there in nearly six hours, according to flight tracking website Flight Aware.
Meanwhile, a Ukraine International Airlines flight from Kyiv landed at the Delhi airport at around 7.45 am on Thursday.
The group is the General Sales Agent (GSA) for Ukraine International Airlines in India.
After weeks of rising tensions, Russia on Thursday announced a military operation against Ukraine.