Hungarian airline to suspend Moldova flights due to airspace risks

Budapest: Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air said that it will suspend all flights to and from Moldova next month due to security concerns linked to growing tensions with Russia, according to media reports.

It comes after a Russian missile was fired over Moldovan airspace earlier this month, reports the Guardian.

The airline said: “Safety of the passengers and crew remain Wizz Air’s number one priority. Following the recent developments in Moldova and the elevated, but not imminent, risk in the country’s airspace, Wizz Air has made the difficult but responsible decision to suspend all flights to (the capital) Chisinau from 14 March.”

Moldova’s infrastructure ministry said it regretted Wizz Air’s decision, assuring in a statement that flights “which respect a number of procedures, could be carried out safely”.

The country’s civil aviation authority said the airline had sought approval for its summer flight schedule on February 14 and the agency “determined that flights in the national airspace can be carried out safely by following a number of procedures”, the BBC reported.

The pro-European republic of 2.6 million people, located between Romania and Ukraine, has reported “attempts at destabilisation” in recent weeks.

Its territory has been hit by debris from the war in Ukraine several times and Moldova has occasionally shut down its own airspace during the Ukraine conflict.

Moldova has also suffered energy blackouts after Ukraine stopped exporting electricity because of Russian airstrikes on critical infrastructure, The Guardian reported.

Earlier this month, Moldovan President Maia Sandu accused Russia of plotting to violently overthrow the country’s pro-European leadership with the help of saboteurs disguised as anti-government protesters.

Moscow however, denied the claim.

Wizz Air is the first airline to announce such a suspension of flights.

The Romanian national airline, Tarom, Air Moldova, and Turkish Airlines continue to fly to the Moldovan capital, the Guardian reported.


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