UPDATED: Belarusian flag carrier Belavia cancels flights to eight countries

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Belarusian national flag carrier Belavia said on Thursday it had been forced to cancel flights to eight countries from May 27 to Oct. 30 due to flight bans.

The European Union has urged its airlines to avoid Belarus and its airspace amid outrage over Sunday’s forced landing in Minsk of a Ryanair jet en route to Lithuania from Greece and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board.

Belavia said the flights are cancelled from 27 May to 30 October 2021 to the following destinations:

  • Warsaw;
  • Milan;
  • Amsterdam;
  • Rome;
  • Frankfurt;
  • Berlin;
  • Munich;
  • Hannover;
  • Vienna;
  • Brussels;
  • Barcelona;
  • Kaliningrad

Belavia has previously said it has been banned from flying to Lithuania, Latvia, France, Sweden, Britain, Finland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

A Belavia plane flying from Minsk to Barcelona on Wednesday turned back after Poland said it may not be able to enter French airspace.

Air France later cancelled a flight from Paris to Moscow after Russia failed to approve a route bypassing Belarus.

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Photo: (FILE) A Belarusian airlines Belavia’s plane is seen on an airfield in the National airport Minsk outside Misnk, Belarus. EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH