This measure has been assumed due to the detection of a new coronavirus strain in Albion.
The Coronavirus Operational Centre reports that air traffic between Russia and the UK has been suspended from 22 to 29 December. Flights were terminated by Aeroflot, the only airline that has operated flights from Moscow to London and back since the beginning of the pandemic restrictions. Previously, the regular air traffic was suspended in March 2020 and partially resumed on August 1.
Along with Russia, countries such as France, Norway, Croatia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain, Austria, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Slovakia have temporarily cancelled flights to the UK.
So far, Russia has opened flight connection with Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and South Korea.
A new type of COVID-19 was discovered in December 2020. It was reported by the British Ministry of Health on December 14.