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03 December 2021, 13:55

Belavia's flight capabilities unaffected by European Union's latest sanctions

MINSK, 3 December (BelTA) – New restrictions introduced by the European Union will not affect the ability of the Belarusian flag carrier Belavia to offer flights, BelTA has learned.

According to the Belavia website, the restrictions will not affect the flights that have already been scheduled. “There is no risk of getting stuck in a foreign country. The countries Belavia offers flights to now are open for Belavia. The new restrictions will not affect access to them. Flights will proceed in accordance with the schedule,” the website reads.

Belavia also explained how ticket prices may change in the current situation. According to the website, prices are dynamic and depend on the current and expected flight uplift, demand for transportation by air to a specific destination and other factors. The sanctions will not affect ticket prices, Belavia assured.

For half a year already Belavia has been dealing with restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now bans on flights to a number of countries have been added. According to the website, passengers have to look for alternative ways to reach the countries Belavia no longer offers flights to. Customers grow increasingly concerned about Belavia's operation due to the introduction of new restrictions. The air carrier is operating in difficult conditions. Nearly 2,000 Belavia personnel work hard every day to reduce concerns and safely deliver passengers to other countries, the website reads.

Due to the introduction of restrictions Belavia has reduced the aircraft fleet and now operates 15 aircraft, which are quite sufficient for carrying out all the flights scheduled for the winter, including regular and charter flights. Belavia intends to buy more aircraft and lease aircraft from companies outside the European Union by summer.

The winter schedule is ready. It may change insignificantly throughout the season due to aircraft uplift, optimization of aircraft rotation, and efforts to enable optimal connected flights. An overwhelming majority of Belavia flights will proceed on schedule. In singular cases passengers of regular flights are personally informed about changes of the flight schedule. If the schedule of charter flights changes, the charterer gets informed.

As Belavia plans next year's summer flights, it bears in mind the real number of aircraft in its fleet.

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