14 Feb 2022 11:31

Almost all airlines continuing to run Ukraine-bound flights

MOSCOW. Feb 14 (Interfax) - Almost all foreign airlines are continuing flights to and from Kyiv amid rumors on a possible escalation of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as seen from the information available on the website of Kyiv's Boryspil Airport.

The airport is operating as usual, and "virtually all flights have been carried out according to schedule and without amendments," Boryspil Airport said in a statement.

The only exception is the Dutch flag carrier KLM, which has cancelled all its flights bound for Kyiv from February 13 through 17, according to the airport.

De Telegraaf had reported earlier citing the airline's spokesperson that it decided to suspend flights to Kyiv after the Dutch Foreign Ministry adjusted its travel advice to code red and recommended its citizens refrain from visiting Ukraine.

Qatar Airways cancelled its Monday flight "as it will be carried out on a larger aircraft on schedule," Boryspil Airport said.

FlyDubai has adjusted the departures and arrivals of its Kyiv-bound flights between February 14 and 28.

A number of foreign airlines polled by Interfax have said they are not planning to cancel their flights to Ukraine for the time being.

A Lufthansa spokesperson said that, while a suspension of services is under consideration, no decision has yet been made.

Austrian Airlines said it is monitoring the situation in Ukraine along with government agencies and might make some adjustments to its flight schedule if necessary.

LOT Polish Airlines is permanently in touch with the Foreign Ministry, local diplomatic missions, and air regulators and will follow all recommendations by civil aviation authorities, an airline spokesperson said.

AirBaltic said it is monitoring the situation in real time and following government recommendations.

Turkish Airlines is so far keeping its flights to Ukrainian cities on schedule, even though it has offered its passengers ticket refunds or exchanges for flights scheduled for a period from February 13 to 28.