When Air France’s flight from Paris to Moscow was cancelled on Friday (the second time in two days), Russia cancelled allegations of political decisions related to the Belarusian crisis.
Less than a week after Belarus hijacked an aircraft to arrest its opponent, relations between the European Union (EU) and Russia were strained. Air France was originally scheduled to cancel the flight connecting Paris and Moscow on Friday, May 28, because Russia did not approve changes to the itinerary to avoid Belarusian airspace.
“Air France confirms cancellation of AF 1154 flight (…) For operational reasons related to bypassing Belarusian airspace, re-authorization by the Russian authorities is required to enter its territory”Air France told AFP (AFP).The passengers on the Air France plane have “After being informed of the cancellation, you will get extensions or travel reimbursements for flights operated by Aeroflot”, The company said.
For the same reason, another flight was cancelled on Wednesday, causing French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Jebari to call on Russia to respect “Principle of Reciprocity” Manage bilateral relations.
The European Union decided on Monday to close its airspace and airports to boycott Belarusian aircraft and recommended that European companies avoid the country’s airspace. On Sunday, a Ryanair plane connecting Athens to Vilnius was intercepted. The decision was an opponent of the Belarusian regime, the Roman Protassevich.
According to data from Eurocontrol, the European air traffic surveillance agency, flights between Europe and Russia “Get permission to use the defined air corridors. If a company wants to change these routes, it must reach an agreement with Russia in advance.”. But since the European Union’s decision, three flights from the European capital to Moscow, including the Air France flight on Friday, have been cancelled due to the lack of authorization for the new journey.