Thus, the agency recommends the EU air companies and carriers not from the EU who fly from or out of the block to avoid the air space of Belarus, excluding emergencies.
“The SIB recommends that operators with their principal place of business in one of the EASA member states should avoid operations in FIR Minsk, unless such operations are deemed necessary for safe operations in unforeseen circumstances,” the message said.
On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Pratasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.