SAS to avoid Belarus airspace after forced Ryanair landing

SAS to avoid Belarus airspace after forced Ryanair landing
Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB/SCAn SAS plane flies into the sunset at Oslo's Gardemoen Airport. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB/Scanpix
Scandinavian airline SAS said on Monday that it would avoid Belarusian airspace after Belarus forced a Vilnius-bound Ryanair flight carrying an opposition blogger to land and arrested him.

The announcement by SAS followed a recommendation from the Swedish Transport Agency calling on Swedish airlines to consider avoiding the airspace of Belarus.

“We will follow the instructions and reroute the flights that are concerned,” SAS told AFP

The Transport Agency issued its recommendation shortly after 3pm on Monday, saying that it was acting on the advice of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). 

“The Swedish Transport Agency urges Swedish airlines to take into account the uncertain situation and that they should therefore consider avoiding flying in Belarusian airspace,” the agency wrote, with the agency’s unit manager Simon Posluk adding that the advice would remain valid until “the situation and the issue has stabilised”. 


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