According to the spokesperson, the permit is still valid this weekend.
“We have approval for this weekend, and we expect the green light for our flights after this weekend from the Russian authorities,” an Air France spokesman said.
Data from air traffic control server Flightradar24 shows that Air France flight AF1154 Saturday morning to Moscow bypassed Belarus and headed to Moscow via Latvia.
AF1154 morning flight from Paris to Moscow
Photo: repro Flightradar24.com
This is the first flight of a French airline to Moscow in a few days.
Air France canceled its flights from Paris to the Russian capital on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, because it did not obtain permission from Russia for a new flight route, which would avoid flying over Belarus. This week Austrian Airlines also reported problems rerouting to Moscow.
Starting Tuesday, Lithuania has banned planes landing or taking off at its airports from using Belarusian airspace. The European Union, through its Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has also recommended that Belarusian airspace be avoided.
It is a reaction to the forced transfer of Ryanair’s flight from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, last Sunday. Ryanair denounced the seizure of its planes, describing it as “air piracy”.
The journey took a few minutes to cross the border between Belarus and Lithuania. Opposition blogger Raman Bratasevich and his girlfriend were arrested after an emergency landing in Minsk. She holds Russian citizenship, but her country’s consul refused to meet her, and Moscow moved away from her hands.