Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

2014-07-31 04:56:32 | Al Muslim News
Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

 

Baghdad, July 30: European and Dubai-based airlines have begun re-routing flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe. An Emirates Airline spokesperson in Dubai told The Associated Press on Monday it will divert planes that use Iraqi airspace. A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France also say they will do the same. This follows the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over rebel-held Ukraine. Iraq is facing a security crisis after militants with the extremist Islamic State group captured large swaths of northern and western Iraq, including its second-largest city, Mosul. The head of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, however, maintains Iraqi airspace is safe. Nassir Bandar says: "There is no threat to airplanes passing over the Iraqi skies.".

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