The Belarusian airliner that flew to Barcelona was not allowed to enter French airspace. The plane was forced to return to Minsk.
According to Flightradar24 data, a passenger plane from Belarus, flight 2869 of the state-owned company Belavia, returned to its place of departure after Poland had warned that it would most likely not be allowed to fly over France. Polish Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pavel Lukasiewicz says:
“The pilot received information from us that French airspace is closed (…) and may have problems getting in.”
All member states of the European Union are now looking for ways to ban flights over EU airspace for Belarusian airlines. Jean-Baptiste Gembari, French Transport Minister, said Paris had already revoked Belavia’s permission to enter the country’s airspace. For its part, the Belarusian company reports that flights are prohibited for it to France, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Finland, Ukraine. Currently, Poland is still allowing the flights of Belarusian aircraft, at noon one of them, coming from Minsk, landed at the international airport in Warsaw.