Belarus airline to sue Russian watchdog over flight restrictions
MINSK, April 6 - RAPSI. The Belarusian Belavia airline is considering filing a lawsuit against the Russian Air Transport Agency, Belavia Deputy General Director Igor Cherginets said on Friday.
Belavia is considering the lawsuit as the watchdog has allegedly violated an intergovernmental flight agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, the air transport agency was not authorized to restrict flights between Russia and Belarus.
Belavia believes it is entitled to seek a court order to cancel the restrictions and claim compensation for damages, Cherginets said.
He said the airline's management is choosing the court and considering the claim amount.
Air travel between Moscow and Minsk was disrupted on March 26 as the parties could not agree on the number of flights to be held.
The ban was later lifted until a March 29 meeting between Russian and Belarus air transport authorities. The talks resulted in the approval of a scheduled flight through May 10, 2012.
On Thursday, Belarus informed the Russian air transport authorities that it will unilaterally cut the number of Moscow-Minsk flights starting from April 13.