The State Aviation Service has banned all Ukrainian airlines from flying over the Sinai Peninsula, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports, citing a telegram from the State Aviation Service on the planning and performance of flights in parts of the airspace of the Cairo flight information region (FIR) above the Sinai Peninsula.

"Plans to fly through the PASOS entry point (Cyprus FIR) will be rejected. For flights, we recommend using the LAKTO and/or RASDA entry point," the telegram states.

Air carriers are also required to closely monitor the publication of the relevant NOTAM on the use of the airspace of the Cairo FIR.

As reported, an Airbus A321 airliner belonging to the Kogalymavia airline (Russia), which was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on 31 October. All the 224 passengers and crew on board the airliner were killed. The investigation of the causes of the disaster is continuing.

As reported, the United Kingdom and Ireland have suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh by their airlines until further notice. Britain is not excluding the possibility that a terrorist attack caused the crash.