May 27, 2021
Belarus: Russia blocks some flights for avoiding its ally
Russia has denied entry to two European airlines because they planned to avoid flying over Belarus to get to Moscow. A number of European airlines have stopped flying to or over Belarus, a move which directly impacts the country's revenue, because airlines pay to use a country's airspace, amounting to millions of dollars per year. In response, Russia rejected the flight plans of the Air France and Austrian Airlines planes, which showed them circumnavigating Belarus. On Thursday, Flightradar24, a tracking website, showed little activity in the skies over Belarus, except for Belarusian and Russian airlines. On Wednesday, the website showed a Minsk to Barcelona flight, operated by the Belarusian airline Belavia, in a long holding pattern at the border with Poland, which has banned Belarusian flights from its airspace.
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