Germany has banned flights by the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in its airspace, becoming the latest country to do so after last Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash.
“Safety comes first,” said German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, shortly after Germany-based travel operator TUI said it was halting flights with the aircraft.
“Until all doubts have been cleared up, I have ordered that German airspace be closed to all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with immediate effect,” Scheuer told German NTV television.
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Hanover-based Tui, which operated 15 such aircraft in British and Benelux nation airspaces, said it was following a flight prohibition issued by Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Tui said its passengers booked to fly Tuesday on such aircraft were being informed of travel rearrangements.
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