European countries began imposing a flight ban on Belarusian airlines after the authorities in Minsk forced the Ryanair machine on board the opposition Raman Pratasevic to land on its territory.
In Poland, the “Barrier”, directed specifically at Belarusian Belavia, came into force on May 27. At that time, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, France and Great Britain also had a similar ban. This sanction was implemented across the European Union from Friday 4 June. Belarusian aircraft cannot land on the territory of the member states of the European Union or enter the airspace over it.
Belavia, controlled by the Lukashenka regime, decided to launch flights to destinations other than Western Europe. From June 10, it will fly to the port of Moscow-Sheremetyevo and return five times a week. Two days later, it is scheduled to increase the number of flights to Istanbul, Turkey to two flights per day. He will also be doing a dozen or so operations a week in Tbilisi, Georgia. In turn, starting from June 16, Belavia will start flying to Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan. Communication on this route will be offered twice a week.
The Belarusian airline is forced to search for new destinations, as it is in danger of bankruptcy due to sanctions. Its planes can land not only in many European cities, but also in Kaliningrad, the capital of the Russian region bordering Poland. The implementation of this connection, profitable so far for Belavia, was blocked by the EU airspace bloc.
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