The AFP reported that despite Western concerns about the threat of a Russian invasion, the Ukrainian government promised on Sunday that Germany, in particular, would raise its voice against Moscow, considering the situation “important”.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Photo: Twitter Capture
“The airspace above Ukraine remains open and the government is working to prevent risks to airlines,” the Ministry of Infrastructure said in a statement on Facebook.
On Saturday, the Dutch company KLM stopped all flights from Ukrainian airspace. A flight scheduled for Saturday night has been canceled.
KLM did not fly over eastern Ukraine after the crash of MH17, which was linked to Kuala Lumpur with Amsterdam in the region on July 17, 2014, which killed 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. Moscow has always denied any involvement.
Air France, which is part of the same alliance, maintains its flight schedule between France and Ukraine, meaning “two flights a week, Tuesday and Sunday”, an AFP spokesman said on Sunday.
To meet the potential high demand, Air France has announced that it will “increase flight capacity” by using the Airbus A321 rather than the regular smaller A319 aircraft, considering other companies’ cancellations.
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