Air France canceled two flights from Paris to Moscow on May 31 AF1154 and AF1654, return flights on May 31 and June 1 also had to be canceled, the press service of the air carrier reported. The reason for the cancellation was the lack of permission from the Russian authorities to enter the airspace of the Russian Federation to fly over Belarus.
“Air France confirms the cancellation of flights AF1154 and AF1654 on the Paris (Charles de Gaulle) – Moscow route on May 31, 2021, as it has not received permission from the Russian authorities to enter their territory,” a company spokesman told RIA Novosti.
On May 29, it was reported that Air France had resumed flights from Paris to Moscow. Prior to that, she canceled three such flights due to the fact that Russia did not provide her with a new air corridor. Austrian Airlines and German Lufthansa also received permission to fly to Moscow bypassing Belarus.
The need for such flights arose due to the order of the European authorities to fly around Belarus after the scandal with the emergency landing in Minsk. On May 23, a Ryanair plane was landed in the capital of Belarus with ex-editor-in-chief of the Nexta Telegram channel Roman Protasevich on board, who was immediately detained. The Belarusian authorities called the threat of a terrorist attack on board the reason for the landing. The EU countries criticized the actions of Minsk and called for the closure of the airspace and airports for Belarus.
About the conflict – in the material “Kommersant” “Nowhere to fly around, ahead of Moscow.”