Lufthansa extends the suspension of flights in Belarusian airspace until June 20 – Business & Economy
BERLIN, June 3. / TASS /. Lufthansa is canceling flights between Minsk and Frankfurt am Main until June 20, according to a statement on the airline’s website Thursday.
“Due to the current situation and in order to ensure the stability of the planning of our passengers, the Lufthansa Group has decided to suspend flights in Belarusian airspace until June 20 inclusive,” the company said. Aerial.
Earlier, Lufthansa said it would avoid flights in Belarusian airspace until June 3.
The situation around flights to and through Belarus worsened after an emergency landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk on May 23. The passenger plane en route from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing at Minsk International Airport after a bomb threat was reported on the plane.
A subsequent search after the plane landed in the Belarusian capital did not find any information confirming the bomb threat. The Belarusian commission of inquiry has opened a criminal investigation into a false bomb threat.
After the plane landed in Minsk, Belarusian law enforcement arrested Roman Protasevich, wanted in Belarus as co-founder of the reputed extremist Nexta Telegram channel, and Russian citizen Sofia Sapega, who was flying with him. They were arrested by Belarusian security forces. In the evening of the same day, the plane took off from Minsk and quickly landed in Vilnius.
After the incident with the Ryanair plane, the EU summit decided to ban Belarusian airlines from flying to EU airports and overflying the territory of the European Union. He also recommended that European carriers refuse to fly in Belarusian airspace.