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Air France forced to cancel flights to Moscow due to reasons related to bypassing the airspace of Belarus

Air France has been forced to cancel its route between Paris and Moscow after the Russian authorities failed to approve a new routing to enter their territory.

Air France's flight AF1154 was cancelled on 26 and 27 May as it was scheduled to operate on a new route designed to bypass Belarusian airspace.

The European Union has urged all of its airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace after Belarus hijacked a Ryanair Boeing 737 en route to Lithuania from Greece to arrest a political opponent.

On Wednesday, the captain announced that the flight was cancelled while all passengers were already on board the Boeing 787-9, and the flight was ready to depart.

You can check the replay of Air France flight AF1154 at https://www.radarbox.com/data/flights/AFR1154

In a statement, Air France said:

"Air France confirms that flight AF1154 (CDG / SVO) had to be cancelled due to technical reasons related to bypassing the airspace of Belarus, which required a new permit to enter Russian airspace from the Russian authorities."

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