The Dutch airline KLM announced today that the crews of its aircraft will no longer spend the night in Kiev, due to the tension between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian.
The company’s flights to Ukraine are not interrupted, KLM assured.
“It was recently decided not to spend the night’s crews in Kiev but to return immediately” after the flight. “KLM always gives priority to the safety of its passengers and employees,” he added in a statement, noting that he “monitors and assesses the situation on a daily basis.”
This issue is particularly sensitive for the Netherlands, following the crash in 2014 of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. The plane, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down, killing all 283 passengers – 196 of whom were Dutch – and all 15 crew members.
Russia denies any involvement in the case.
Four men, three Russians and a Ukrainian, are on trial in the Netherlands on charges of shooting down MH17 with a BUK surface-to-air missile and face life in prison if convicted.
Following the tragedy, KLM no longer flies over eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
Source From: Capital