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Deal struck to resume Minsk-Moscow flights

MINSK, 26 March (BelTA) – Aviation authorities of Belarus and Russia have agreed to temporarily resume Minsk-Moscow flights, Igor Cherginets, Deputy Director General of the Belarusian air carrier Belavia, told media on 26 March.

He said the registration of passengers, who were supposed to leave Minsk for Moscow at 7:00 and 9:00 was nearly over. “I hope the flights will depart by the time the press conference is over,” he said.

The agreement will last till the forthcoming negotiations that have been scheduled for Thursday. Igor Cherginets said: “We expect the parity principle in Minsk-Moscow-Minsk flights performed by Russian and Belarusian air carriers to be observed. Not harming passengers’ interests is the most important thing”.

Due to today’s delay of two Minsk-Moscow flights about 180 passengers were affected. Some of them will use Minsk-Moscow flights later on the day while some will use flights of other air carriers, said Igor Cherginets.

In his words, flights from Minsk to other Russian regions have not been affected and are on schedule.

Belarusian aviation authorities reached a compromise with the Russian side and have granted temporary permission for Russian air carriers to perform five flights per day until the negotiations are held. Everything has been done not to affect passengers, said the Deputy Director General of the Belarusian air carrier Belavia.