According to Reuters, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration allowed American airlines and their partners to resume flights at three Ukrainian airports and over parts of the Black Sea, stating that safety and security have improved there.
The FAA had banned flights over the war zones of the Crimea and Ukraine in April 2014, and expanded prohibitions after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down while it flew over eastern Ukraine. As a result, nearly 300 people were killed on board.
Departures and landings will be allowed at Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhia international airports, as the air safety agency considers operations can be conducted with “minimal additional risk.” Though, the carriers will still be forbidden flying over the Crimea and Donbas.
The FAA allowed flights to the mentioned Ukrainian airports, including Kharkiv, as it believed there was enough of a “buffer from the area of fighting and associated weapons capabilities.”
The rules, which are currently valid to October 2020, also apply to foreign airlines operating a U.S. airline codeshare flight.