Lufthansa suspends flights to Kyiv and Odessa from Monday

Lufthansa planes are seen at terminal 1 of the new Berlin-Brandenburg airport ‘Willy Brandt’ in Schoenefeld near Berlin, Germany October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

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FRANKFURT, Feb 19 (Reuters) – German group Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) is suspending flights to and from the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Odessa, a spokesman said on Saturday amid growing fears of a possible Russian invasion.

The company, which owns Germany’s flagship carrier as well as Eurowings, Swiss, Brussels and Austrian Airlines, will operate a few final flights to these cities over the weekend before suspending Monday flights until the end of the month , said the spokesperson.

It will continue to fly to the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, where some countries have moved their embassies, the spokesman said. Lufthansa is constantly monitoring the situation and will decide on new flights at a later date.

Lufthansa follows several other European airlines which have already canceled flights to and from Ukraine.

Earlier on Saturday, the German Foreign Ministry asked its nationals to leave the country. Read more

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Reporting by Hans Seidenstuecker in Frankfurt; Written by Sarah Marsh, edited by Thomas Escritt

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