Russia allows Austrian Airlines to fly over Belarus

The Russian authorities have issued a permit to the Austrian airline Austrian Airlines to operate a passenger flight from Vienna to Moscow en route to overflight the airspace of Belarus. Earlier, a Kommersant source said that Rosaviatsia today, May 28, will give unofficial permission to European carriers to change routes.

“The Russian authorities today gave Austrian Airlines permission for an alternative flight route from Vienna to Moscow, which does not go through Belarusian airspace,” an Austrian Airlines spokesman told TASS. “Thus, Austrian Airlines can operate the flight OS 601/602 from Vienna, which is scheduled for today. to Moscow and back. “

Earlier today, the French airline Air France for the third time in a row canceled a flight from Paris to Moscow to fly over Belarus, follows from the data of the Flightradar24 service. On the eve, two similar flights of the French carrier, as well as an Austrian Airlines flight, were canceled.

Several European airlines have stopped operating flights over Belarus after the 23 May incident with the Ryanair plane. Moscow has not officially commented on its position on this issue, but unofficially blocks flights. “Carriers as a whole are sincerely confused by the lack of comments from the Federal Air Transport Agency in the current situation. The story with the actual blocking of several European flights looks like an obvious political gesture of Russia in response to the “air blockade of Belarus,” “- said the source of Kommersant in the industry.

A source of Kommersant in the government explained that the Federal Air Transport Agency can justify the timing of issuing permits by appropriate regulations. At the same time, another interlocutor in the aviation industry stressed that in practice, “approval takes a few minutes and often happens on the fly.”

Details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Nowhere to fly, ahead of Moscow.”