Due to flight restrictions Belavia has suspended flights to 20 countries and the Kaliningrad region of Russia
The Belarusian state-owned airline Belavia has lost two-thirds of its destinations due to restrictions imposed after an emergency landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk . The carrier announced this on Facebook.
Flights are suspended to 20 countries: Lithuania, Great Britain, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia and Cyprus. And also to the Kaliningrad region of Russia.
Belavia continues to fly to only nine countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Belavia has begun to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up new directions. We did not expect at all that together with our passengers we would find ourselves in a similar position. Despite the fact that the airline had no influence on the current situation, right now our specialists are working on finding new directions and adjusting routes.
Since May 24, a number of European countries have closed the airspace for Belavia, and their carriers were not recommended or banned from flying over Belarus. The EU leaders decided to completely close the EU airspace for Belarusian airlines, but this decision has not yet entered into force.
The general director of Belavia Igor Cherginets drew attention to the fact that restrictions against the airline were introduced even before the end of the international investigation of the incident with the Ryanair aircraft and called it “meanness” and “violation of the foundations of democracy.”
On May 29, after Alexander Lukashenko’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Pul Pervy telegram channel close to Lukashenko’s press service reported that Belavia would open new flights to Russian cities.