The airline KLM sees no reason to avoid Belarusian airspace. Yesterday, the Belarusian authorities diverted a Ryanair passenger flight to arrest blogger and journalist Roman Protasevic, an opponent of the tyrannical President Lukashenko.
A spokesman for the Dutch airline said, “We consulted all our sources, including the government, and we conducted our risk assessment.” “KLM does not see any security risks. The process will continue normally.”
KLM’s trips to Southeast Asia, among other things, pass over Belarus.
The Latvian airline Air Baltic has stated that it is no longer flying over Belarus at this time. The company says it will only do so again when the situation is clearer, or when governments come up with advice.
The chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament said airlines should stop flying over Belarus for the time being in light of the measure.
“This is an act of sky piracy and a kidnapping that resulted in a kidnapping,” Tom Tugendhat told the Radio Times.
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