Biden announces ban on Russian aircraft from American airspace in State of the Union

Europe and Canada have already banned Russian aircraft

President Biden announced a ban on all Russian aircraft from American airspace during the State of the Union on Tuesday evening. 

"We will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding an additional squeeze on their economy," Biden said to applause from the assembled lawmakers.  

The order will "suspend operations of all aircraft owned, certified, operated, registered, chartered, leased, or controlled by, for, or for the benefit of, a person who is a citizen of Russia," the FAA said. 

The move comes after Europe and Canada closed their airspace to Russian airlines over the weekend as part of widening sanctions imposed on the country after its invasion of Ukraine

An Aeroflot - Russian Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft as seen on final approach landing on the runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from Moscow.  (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union is banning all Russian airlines as well as "the private jets of oligarchs."

"There is no room in Dutch airspace for a regime that applies unnecessary and brutal violence," Mark Harbers, the Minister of Infrastructure for the Netherlands, tweeted Saturday. 


Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said Saturday that the ban was put into place to "hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked attacks against Ukraine." 

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320 civil jet aircrafts at Moscow-Sheremetyevo International Airport.  (Photo by Leonid Faerberg/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In response to the sanctions, Russia announced that it was banning aircraft from 36 countries, including all of the European Union, from entering their airspace. 

American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and others had already announced that they were temporarily suspended flights into Russian airspace. 


Delta also said it was ending its codesharing service with the Russian airline Aeroflot, which allowed customers to book flights on both airlines. 

The ban on Russian aircraft adds to a growing list of crippling sanctions that threaten to economically isolate Russia. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.