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More EU airlines suspend Ukraine flights


Air France and the Lufthansa Group are the latest airlines to cancel flights to Ukraine over concerns of a potential Russian attack on the country, according to Politico.

The French carrier said on Monday it is canceling Tuesday flights between Paris and Kyiv in view of the local situation and as a precautionary measure.

“Air France is constantly monitoring the geopolitical situation in the territories it serves in order to ensure the highest level of flight safety,” a spokesperson said.

Lufthansa Group, which includes Austrian Airlines and Swiss Airlines, also announced it is suspending regular flights to Kyiv and Odessa as of Monday. It will continue to operate planes to Lviv in the west of the country.

A Lufthansa Group spokesperson said: “The group continues to monitor the situation closely and is in close contact with national and international authorities.”

Dutch airline KLM announced earlier this month it would cancel flights to Ukraine. A number of non-EU based airlines, including Norwegian Air Shuttle and Emirates, have also suspended flights.

Low-costs like WizzAir and Ryanair, meanwhile, are still flying to Ukraine. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said last week it was his company’s “duty and obligation … to support the people of Ukraine as long as there is no war or missiles flying there.” 

A European Commission official said Friday there were no plans to introduce flight restrictions on EU airlines traveling to, from or over Ukraine but that Brussels would take steps very fast if circumstances change.