MINSK, 28 October. /Corr. Larisa Klyuchnikova/. Belarusian national airline “Belavia” on the background of disagreements of the aviation authorities of Moscow and Kiev intends to increase the number of flights in the Ukrainian direction.
About these plans reported to journalists the General Director of OJSC “Airline “Belavia” Anatoly Gusarov.
“We fly today to Kiev twice a day, in the coming days we will solve the issue of opening a third frequency (flight) in the direction of Kiev”, – he said. Gusarov recalled that last Sunday was opened a flight Minsk-Odessa.
The head of the airline said that the situation with the airline Transaero and the cessation of air traffic between Russia and Ukraine is now a significant influence in General on the work of “Belavia”. “We are analyzing the situation, preparing for her, and offered good conditions for transit passengers, – said Gusarov. – There is a need to transport as many passengers, we’ll be in this area to intensify efforts”.
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For his part, Director of the aviation Department of the Ministry of transport and communications Vladimir Kostin informed that the Belarusian side received an official request from the Ukrainian aviation authorities about the opening flight Minsk-Kiev. “We consider these documents, and in the coming days will be decided about the opening of this flight,” he explained.
The Director of the Department also said that in the near future it will be possible to consider “the opening of the flight in Kharkiv and talk about the direction in Lviv”.
Ban on flights of airlines of the Russian Federation to Ukraine
Initially, in the sanctions lists of Kiev were about 20 Russian companies, including “Aeroflot”, “Russia”, “Donavia”, “Orenburg airlines”, “Transaero” (which had come under the operational management of “Aeroflot”), S7, “globe”, “Ural airlines”, “Vim-Avia”, “Kogalymavia”, “Gazpromavia” and the Red Wings.
Russia responded with a “mirror measures” by banning Ukrainian airlines flying over its territory. The Federal air transport Agency informed about the ban by three airlines: “Ukraine International airlines”, “Dniproavia” and “Motor Sich”.
In response to Moscow’s actions in Kiev declared the full termination of air links with the Russian Federation.