Following the events of May 23rd involving FR4978, Belarus has been increasingly cut off from Europe. Most significantly impacted by the actions of EU member states is Belavia, the Belarusian flag carrier, which is having fewer chances to operate its new aircraft as the days go by.
Belavia has been announcing cancellations and suspensions of service on its website frequently. The following are the destinations for which it recently announced cancellations, effective May 29th to June 30th:
Tallinn flights were also canceled between May 28th and August 28th.
In the single largest cancellation announcement, the airline cancelled flights between May 27th and October 30th to the following destinations.
Prior to the May 27th announcement, Belavia had also issued multiple notices regarding cancellations to destinations in Finland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Sweden, Ukraine, UK, France, and Lithuania. Depending on greater diplomatic and political factors, it is quite possible the end date for these will change.
The airline is working hard to assist affected travellers. The airline states on its website that its specialists are analyzing the best routing options for scheduled and charter flights that are subject to bans to determine the feasibility of those routes.
The airline apologizes to passengers for the inconvenience that was not its fault. In the first twelve months following the date of purchase or the date of travel, Belavia customers have the option of changing their flight date or requesting a refund.
Belavia recently acquired its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Embraer E195-E2 jets. The airline is currently in the process of modernizing its fleet. The airline should be proud to fly these brand new aircraft, but instead is dealing with a long list of cancellations due to its government’s actions.
As noted above, Belavia is facing political decisions that are not its fault, as a commercial airline. Sadly, the carrier has seen much of its route map wiped out, and there is uncertainty as to when the situation will improve. It appears that service to destinations in Russia is the airline’s most reliable segment of operations.