The US Commerce Department on Thursday expanded export controls against Belarus’s national airline, Belavia, for providing flights on Boeing jets in violation of restrictions issued after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Companies around the world are now prohibited from maintaining, repairing and using US parts to service Belavia’s fleet, according to an order issued against the airline.
Belavia made more than 30 illegal flights on Boeing planes after April 8 to and from Belarus, Russia, Turkey, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Georgia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, according to the order.
On April 8, the Commerce Department restricted flights by Belarusian-owned or operated aircraft manufactured in the United States or in a foreign country with more than 25% controlled U.S. content from flying to Belarus or Russia.
“Just as Belarus is illegally supporting Russia’s unjust war on Ukraine, its national airline Belavia is not obeying our export laws,” Matthew Axelrod, Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Controls, said in a statement.
The order “will prevent Belavia from leveraging any US technology to operate its aircraft fleet, making it difficult for the airline to continue flying.”
The order affects both Boeing and Embraer planes in Belavia’s fleet, if they need US parts, officials said.
The United States took similar action against major Russian airlines, including Aeroflot, Aviastar, Azur Air, Rossiya and Utair, after identifying Boeing planes operating in violation of US sanctions.