The official Belarusian News Agency reported that many airlines have switched their flights so as not to fly over Belarus, after Belarusian authorities forced Ryanair to divert its flight and land in the capital, Minsk, on Sunday afternoon. Belta, It was Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko who issued the order to hijack the plane, with the aim of arresting opposition journalist and blogger Roman Protasevich.
Baltic Airlines, the national airline of Latvia, has shifted two flights to the capital, Riga: one from Tbilisi, Georgia, and the other from Odessa, Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, the company confirmed in a statement its decision to avoid Belarusian airspace, in accordance with recommendations of the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, which would have suggested that airlines act cautiously in the region.
Update: The Baltic Airlines confirmed the decision not to use Belarusian airspace on these routes.https://t.co/rocXCq8cAq
Conflicts May 24, 2021
Even the Hungarian airline Wizz Air on Monday morning Has sidetracked A direct flight to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which departed from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine: it is a flight that usually passes over Belarus. Also on Monday, Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Moscow Avoid Belarusian airspace.
Instead, Ryanair, the company that made the flight that had to land in Minsk on Sunday, allowed a direct flight to Tallinn from Greece to naturally enter Belarusian airspace. Despite this, the company said in a statement that it “condemns the illegal acts of the Belarusian authorities,” which was defined as an “act of air piracy”.
Amazingly, Ryanair still flies over Belarusian airspace: a flight from Greece to Tallinn just entered Belarus despite another flight. Embed a Tweet The flight was forced down HT yesterday Embed a Tweet pic.twitter.com/RehgjKtkqV
– Michael Birnbaum (@michaelbirnbaum) May 24, 2021