By Corina Stiubei

Latest Updates on flights in the Belarussian FIR

EUROCONTROL reported there were no flights conducted by EU27 carriers to/over/from Belarus airspace on Sunday 6 June.

Published on

07/06/2021

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As an effect of the latest decisions and guidance issued by the European Council, EASA and National Competent Authorities, it is estimated that around 55 flights conducted by EU carriers were re-routed to avoid the Belarussian FIR on Sunday 6 June alone.

Below is an overview of the abovementioned decisions and guidance:

European Council

A formal decision and regulation have been issued on Friday, the 4th of June, by the European Council to prohibit Belarusian flights to/from/over EU territory. The decision was applicable from 05 June 2021.

EASA

On the 2 June 2021, with immediate effect, EASA issued 2 Safety Directives requesting EASA Member States’ National Competent Authorities (NCAs) and Aircraft Operators, not to conduct operations in FIR Minsk (UMMV), unless the use of that airspace is deemed necessary to ensure safe operation in case of unforeseen circumstances.

A few days after the Belarus incident, EASA also issued a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) on operations in Belarus airspace.

NOTAMS

Since Friday, several countries issued NOTAMs either:

  1. Restricting own aircraft operators over/to/from Belarus:
Austria Estonia Italy Poland
Belgium France Ireland Portugal
Bulgaria Finland Latvia Romania
Cyprus Germany Lithuania Slovenia
Croatia Greece Luxembourg Sweden
Czech Republic Hungary Netherlands Spain
Denmark Iceland Norway Ukraine
  1. Restricting Belarusian flights over/to/from own territory:
Austria Finland Lithuania Slovenia
Bulgaria Germany Malta Spain (Continental)
Cyprus Greece Poland Spain (Canarias)
Estonia Hungary Romania Ukraine
France Latvia Slovakia United Kingdom

State Recommendation/Advice:

Some states have not restricted their national operator’s from flying to/over/from Belarus, but rather decided to issue recommendations or advice to avoid Belarus, if possible.

  • Malta
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the EBAA safety team at safety@ebaa.org.

Need more information ?

Please contact Corina Stiubei at cstiubei@ebaa.org

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