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St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport Temporarily Suspends Flights

Russia's Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg temporarily suspended all flights on Tuesday morning before restarting them. The government of Russia's second city announced the closure on its official Telegram channel without providing a reason for the suspension.

Pulkovo Airport
Pulkovo Airport

Flights Resumed After Temporary Ban Lifted

City officials said later on Tuesday that flights had resumed and that a temporary airspace ban within a 200-kilometer (124-mile) radius of Pulkovo had been lifted by 1200 local time (0900 GMT).

Unconfirmed Reports of Unidentified Objects

The RIA Novosti news agency had earlier reported, citing a source in the city's emergency services, that an unidentified object had been spotted, prompting the initial closure. Unconfirmed media reports from two online Russian news outlets reported that fighter jets had been dispatched to investigate. They later said that the jets had not found anything.

No Official Comment on Cause of Disruption

There was no official comment on what caused the disruption or how the alleged unknown object was investigated.