The Belarusian airline Belavia has canceled flights to Tallinn from May 28 to August 28, according to the airline’s website. The decision was made due to the ban on flights from the Estonian aviation authorities. You can change the departure date or issue a refund within 12 months from the date of purchase of a ticket or flight on one direction of the transit route.
Earlier, the airline canceled flights to Kaliningrad and 11 European cities, as well as to Ukraine.
On May 23, at the Minsk airport, at the direction of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, a Ryanair passenger plane was urgently landed, on board of which was the Belarusian opposition leader and ex-editor-in-chief of the Nexta Telegram channel Roman Protasevich. After the liner landed, he was detained and taken to remand prison No. 1 in Minsk. According to the Belarusian authorities, the reason for the landing of the liner was information about the threat of a terrorist attack. Subsequently, this information was not confirmed. Together with Mr. Protasevich, a 23-year-old Russian citizen Sophia Sapega was also detained. Now the girl is in the Minsk isolation ward on Akrestsin Street. The Russian woman was arrested for two months.
The EU aviation authorities have recommended avoiding the airspace of Belarus. Amid the incident, flights over Belarus were suspended by a number of airlines: AirFrance, Finnair and Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and AirBaltic.
About whether flights to Europe will become even more expensive and more difficult after the incident with the Ryanair flight – in the material of Kommersant, “Russia is losing a transport hub.”