The German airline Lufthansa will continue to avoid Belarusian airspace until June 20 and will then evaluate how to proceed, the company reported today.
At the end of May, the Lufthansa Group made the decision not to fly over the territory of the former Soviet republic until June 20 after a Belarusian fighter jet forced a Ryanair aircraft to land in Minsk.
The passenger plane was going from Athens to Vilnius and after landing the Belarusian authorities arrested the government critic Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, who were on board.
The Lufthansa Group, made up of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss and Eurowings, will reconsider shortly before the expiry of the deadline whether or not to extend the measure.
Following the event in late May, the European Union (EU) asked European airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace. Since June 5, Belarusian airlines have not re-entered the EU airspace due to the express prohibition of the bloc states.