WorldViews: Ukraine gets $200 million a year for allowing overflights

By Ashley Halsey, July 23, 2014

Economically beleaguered Ukraine earns an estimated $200 million a year simply by allowing foreign aircraft to cross its airspace enroute to other destinations.

The Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944 allows nation​s to set "reasonable" charges for planes that  transit their airspace at altitude. Some nations are public about their charges. For example, rates to fly over the United States will increase on Oct. 1 to $56.86 per 100 nautical miles, up $6.91 over current rates. Air carriers will be charged less -- $21.63 -- to fly over a vast expanse of ocean controlled by the United States.

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