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The air embargo against Mali not respected by Air France, Turkey and Ethiopian Airlines

(B2) Despite the closure of airspace decreed by ECOWAS, the economic community of West African States, against Mali, and certain official declarations, the French company Air France continues to fly to Bamako.

Screenshot on the Air France website Saturday morning (January 15) at 8 a.m.

It is therefore still possible to take places for the week of January 24 (*). Of course the flight can always be canceled. But by making reservation possible, the signal is disastrous. The company continues to operate direct flights or from Monrovia (Liberia) or Banjul (Gambia). Two countries that are members of ECOWAS!

As for the Turkish companies Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines, which are among the main ones to serve Bamako, they continue to serve the Malian capital, from their respective hubs (Istanbul or Addis Ababa), or even from certain African cities.

The Europeans, however, affirmed during their informal ministerial meeting (Gymnich), this Friday (January 14) in Brest, a “ full support » to the measures taken by ECOWAS (read: Europeans bothered by ECOWAS sanctions against Mali). Apparently, they are difficult to come into practice.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(*) In the first version of the article published on Saturday, the Air France reservation system only gave the possibility of taking seats in class business, with a significant price of more than 3000 euros one way. A search carried out the next day had brought down the prices, bringing them back to normal, or even below competitors for a departure in the following days on January 24.

Updated Sunday 16.1:4 p.m. XNUMX a.m. with the new Air France prices

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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