Air France and Finnair have decided not to fly to or over Belarus for the time being. The two airlines are thus joining a growing group of industry peers such as KLM.
Singapore Airlines also announced that it would fly around Belarus for the time being.
The move comes after the European Union called on airlines on Monday to avoid Belarusian airspace. Airlines from that country are also no longer welcome in EU airspace. Europe thus responded to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius.
That plane was forced to turn to Minsk over Belarus, and once it landed, the authorities took off a dissident and his girlfriend.
Air France did not immediately announce what consequences the adjustment will have on its business operations. According to Finnair, these are “very few” flights.