The ban on flying over the Lithuanian airspace for Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 will be valid for an indefinite period, as long as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the authority responsible for oversight of flight safety in Lithuania, the Transport Competence Agency, do not decide otherwise. Flight safety and lives of passengers are considered the highest priority in aviation, therefore, the aircraft which had to overfly Lithuania at night did not fly via Lithuania due to the ban imposed.
According to the latest information, on 12 March the Norwegian company’s Boeing 737 Max 8 departed from Stockholm at 13:50 (time in Lithuania) and had to fly via Lithuania to Tel Aviv, however, the flight did not reach its destination as the pilot had been called to turn around and return to Stockholm.
According to the Lithuanian Air Navigation Service Provider SE Oro navigacija, the number of transit flights via the Lithuanian airspace, or landings at Lithuanian airports, performed by the above-mentioned both types of aircraft, used to reach ten per day.
Oro navigacija cooperates closely with the authorities involved in ensuring flight safety and EASA and is looking forward to further notice.
The ban on the use of these two types of aircraft was imposed by EASA following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing MAX 8, killing all 157 people on board. Aircraft of these types were also banned from flying over the airspace of China, Australia, and New Zealand. The United States and Canada are still allowing these aircraft to fly in their airspace.
Tel.: +370 706 94 502,
Fax.: +370 706 94 522,