Conflict forces FAA to ban US flights over Iraq – other airlines follows

Published on : Saturday, August 9, 2014

faa (1)The “hazardous situation” in Iraq as indicated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decided to ban all US airlines from flying over Iraq until further notice.


The FAA revealed that the political unrest in Iraq and war between the militants of the Iraqi State (IS) and Iraqi Security forces are the prime reasons for the introduction of the ban.


The FAA had previously banned all air travel over Iraq below 30,000 feet on 31 July. British Airways said it was suspending its flights over Iraq and would “keep the situation under review”. The US launched air strikes against IS in Iraq on Thursday.


Moreover, on Saturday, the Australian airline Qantas said that it is suspending all flights over the Iraq airspace.


The decision by the FAA was also reflected by German airline Lufthansa, Dubai-based Emirates, France airline Air France and other airlines like Virgin Atlantic.


The airline industry is observing a security situation for all flights over conflict areas after the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane MH 17 in Ukraine in July.

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