Lufthansa Group suspends flights between Kyiv and Odessa

Lufthansa planes are seen parked on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, June 25, 2020.

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Lufthansa Group has announced it will suspend services to Kyiv and Odessa from Monday amid growing concerns over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The safety of our passengers and crew members is our top priority at all times,” the airline group said in a statement on Saturday. “Lufthansa continues to monitor the situation closely and is in close contact with national and international authorities.”

Lufthansa also owns Austrian, Swiss and Eurowings. Swiss will also suspend service to Kiev from Monday until at least February 28. The airline does not fly over Ukraine to reach other destinations, a spokesperson said.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines suspended flights to Ukraine last week.

Ukrainian International Airlines had said it would have to send five of its planes to Spain after a dispute over insurance cover, but later said it was operating its flights as planned.

Another Ukrainian carrier, SkyUp Airlines, said one of its flights to Ukraine from the Portuguese island of Madeira was forced to land in Moldova last weekend after the company that leases its aircraft said the carrier could not enter Ukrainian airspace.

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