Lufthansa to avoid Belarusian airspace

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German airline Deutsche Lufthansa says it will avoid Belarusian airspace until further notice because of the "current dynamic situation".

Belarusian authorities on Sunday scrambled a fighter jet and flagged what turned out to be a false bomb alert to force a Ryanair plane to land and then detained a dissident journalist who was on board, provoking condemnation from European countries, the United States and NATO.

Separately, Minsk airport in Belarus on Monday suspended boarding of a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt and searched the plane, saying it had received a warning about a possible terrorist act that had not been confirmed.

The Lufthansa announcement came after KLM, the Dutch arm of carrier Air France KLM, said it would temporarily halt flights over Belarus.

It followed Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's appeal to airlines in Europe to avoid Belarusian airspace.

"KLM has taken note of Prime Minister Rutte's call to suspend flight operations over Belarus until further notice. KLM will heed this call including the code share flights to Minsk operated by Belavia", the Dutch airline said.

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