Ryanair calls on Belarus to ensure that there are no repeated flight detours

Dublin — Irish airline Ryanair urged Belarus on Monday to ensure that one of its flights did not repeat a forced landing in May last year, and the airline should fly over Belarus without such a guarantee. He said it wouldn’t.

The plane was flying over Belarus on its way from Athens to Vilnius when the Belarusian controller ordered it to land in Minsk because of the threat of a bomb. When it landed on the ground, a Belarusian dissident journalist on a plane was arrested with his female companion.

Western nations responded with a new wave of sanctions, and the United States accused four Belarusian officials of piracy of aircraft this month.

According to a UN report released on January 17, the reported bomb threat was invented without identifying the cause of the hoax. Belarus said it had withheld important information from the UN fact-finding team.

Ryanair Group boss Michael O’Leary said the airline supported US action. He welcomed the UN report, but said it “may have gone further.”

“I think it’s the basis of the future of air travel that we don’t remember that it was the first case since the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation (1944) sponsored by the state,” O’Leary said. Told. Investor call.

“There should be no flight over Belarus unless there is adequate assurance that this will not recur.”

Belarus accused the West of using the episode to undermine President Alexander Lukashenko, saying it acted legally and in accordance with all international norms.

The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was scheduled to consider further action at its 36-member board meeting on Monday.