Air France Extends Suspension of Flights to Burkina Faso, Mali: Reports
© AP Photo / Jerome DelayPassengers wait to board their Air France flight to Paris at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport Monday Dec. 21 2020
© AP Photo / Jerome Delay
The July 26 coup in Niger ousting incumbent President Mohamed Bazoum was met with condemnation by ECOWAS, which is threatening the rebels with an intervention. The bloc cut off financial aid to Niger, froze the military's assets in addition to banning commercial flights to and from the country.
In response, the Malian authorities have revoked Air France's permission for flight operations between Paris and Bamako, citing an alleged violation of the agreement terms, the report said.
On August 6, the coup leaders in Niger closed the country's airspace against the background of the expiration of the deadline set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and citing a threat of military intervention by the bloc. The next day, media reported that Air France had suspended flights to Burkina Faso and Mali until August 11. The measure was extended several times.
A coup took place in Niger on July 26. President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted and detained by his own guard, led by Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani. Following the mutiny, ECOWAS suspended all financial aid to Niger, froze rebels' assets and imposed a ban on commercial flights to and from the country.