Wednesday, May 26, 2021

India cautions airlines to ensure fuel plan while using Belarus airspace after global airlines avoids route

New Delhi: After the interception of a Ryanair flight in Belarusian airspace by a state fighter jet, the Indian aviation regulatory body Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday advised all Indian airlines companies to ensure a fuel plan while flying through Belarusian airspace while informing that the airlines worldwide are avoiding overflying the particular airspace.

In an unprecedented incident, a Ryanair aircraft was intercepted via a state fighter jet in Belarusian airspace and was forced to land in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, the airlines informed on Sunday.

"Operators are requested to monitor the situation, as some airline operators have started re-routing their flights to avoid the airspace. Please ensure the fuel planning, should take into account the last moment re-route, in case overflying Belarus airspace," reads DGCA advisory to the Indian airlines.

Indian airlines including Air India primarily use Belarusian airspace for the flights connecting Europe, UK and North America.

"Belarus airspace is normal airspace except for the recent interception event with Ryanair. Avoiding Belarus airspace to the UK, Europe also provides extra time and fuel." a senior commercial pilot told ANI.

"The Vistara airline does not use Belarus airspace for the UK (London) flight," Vistara Spokesperson said.

On Sunday, Irish airline Ryanair said in a statement that its flight FR4978 from Athens to Vilnius was notified by Belarusian authorities of "a potential security threat onboard" and was "instructed to divert to the nearest airport, Minsk." Later, it turned out to be a complete farce.

26/05/21 Ashoke Raj/ANI/Yahoo!

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