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.
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:
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.
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.
Since Friday, several countries issued NOTAMs either:
- Restricting own aircraft operators over/to/from Belarus:
- Restricting Belarusian flights over/to/from own territory:
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.
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
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