Brussels Airlines, a Belgian subsidiary of Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), has temporarily stopped flying to Angola after Niger’s junta closed its airspace on Sunday, a spokesperson for the airline said on Friday.

Brussels Airlines to Halt Flying to Angola due to Niger's Closed Airspace

The airline flew to Angola two times a week through a triangle flight that connected Brussels to DR Congo’s Kinshasa and Angola’s Luanda.

The triangle flight will now be a direct flight between Brussels and Kinshasa to save fuel and shorten the flight time for crew members as well as passengers.

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The closed Niger airspace has forced airlines to take detours, with Brussels Airlines previously stating that this means an extra one and a half to three and a half hours for rerouted flights to the African continent.