The flights were en route to Saint Petersburg and Moscow, but the pilots were eventually ordered to turn around. The plane to Saint Petersburg returns to Amsterdam and the plane on its way to Moscow diverts to another city, a spokeswoman said.
The immediate reason is that, as a result of the sanctions package that has been agreed in a European context, spare aircraft parts may no longer be sent to Russia, not even for their own use. This means that we can no longer guarantee that flights to Russia can return safely. What this means for flights after today and flights that were planned to fly over Russia is currently being investigated,” said KLM.
It concerns the following flights en route to Russia:
KL 903 Amsterdam – Moscow (KL904 return cancelled)
KL1395 Amsterdam – Saint Petersburg (return KL1396 cancelled)