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(Official) UPDATE 2 Russia approves Air France, Lufthansa bypass Belarus



Air France (.N) and Lufthansa (Lufthansa) have received Russian approval for routes to countries avoiding Belarusian airspace. The airline said on Saturday.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has advised domestic and international airlines to avoid Belarus airspace following the May 23 forced landing in Minsk of a Ryanair plane. ( ) en route to Lithuania from Greece and the arrest of dissidents reporter on board Read more

Air France said the new route to Moscow started on Saturday and was authorized this weekend.

“We … are awaiting the green light from the Russian authorities for our flights after this weekend,” the spokesman said.

Air France, part of the Air France-KLM group, operates one or two daily flights between Paris and Moscow.

Lufthansa spokeswoman Germany’s largest airline It said it had been approved for new routes on flights from Frankfurt to Moscow and St Petersburg for the near future.

Lufthansa currently operates 7 roundtrip flights from Frankfurt to Moscow and 3 roundtrip flights from Frankfurt to St Petersburg. per week

(Lufthansa corrects the number of weekly Moscow flights to seven of the four in the last paragraph.)

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