After direct Ukraine-Russia flights were banned in 2015,

Belavia boosted its revenues by flying Ukrainians on one-hour hops from Kyiv to Minsk and then on to any of 15 airports in Russia. Last year, Belavia made the third largest number of flights out of Ukraine: 10,644 flights, compared to 14,623 for Turkish Airlines and 14,406 for UIA. Competition was so intense that UIA stopped flying to Belarus in 2019. As of yesterday, Belavia’s schedule for flights to Minsk showed: two flights a day from Kyiv Boryspil; one a