Geneva Airport celebrated with a special ceremony the launch of Belavia's thrice-weekly flights to Minsk on 17 December. Cutting the ribbon were (left to right) Mikhail Khvostov, Ambassador of Belarus to the United Nations; Robert Deillon, CEO of Geneva Airport; and Igor Tcherginets, the deputy General Manager of Belavia.
Belavia's inaugural flight to Minsk was celebrated with a cake and a ribbon cutting at Vilnius Airport on 19 December.
- Belavia, the state owned Belarusian flag carrier, launched two new services from its main base at Minsk (MSQ) during the course of last month. The airline inaugurated on 17 December the 1,773-kilometre sector to Geneva (GVA), which will be operated thrice-weekly, utilising a mixed fleet of 76-seat E175s, 112-seat 737-500s and 50-seat CRJ 200s. Two days later, on 19 December, Belavia began eight weekly flights on the 169-kilometre route to Vilnius (VNO) in Lithuania, utilising its 50-seat CRJ 200s. Both routes will face no competition. Commenting on the launch of the service to Lithuania, Elena Kupchina, Deputy Minister of Belarus, said: “The opening of a new flight that has connected the capitals of the two countries is a significant event that can be considered as the final stage of the constructive cooperation between Belarus and Lithuania in 2013.”