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Emirates Exits Iraq Air Space

UAE-based Emirates has axed flights over Iraq due to concerns about possible Islamic militants’ missile strikes following the mid July loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine. The carriers’ president said he believed other airlines would soon follow suit as he called for government agencies to offer more advice about flying over conflict zones. Partner Qantas says it will continue to overfly Iraq until advised to avoid the area. Emirates flights probably will be re-routed over Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea, over Cairo and into European airspace, or over Iran. Emirates currently operates the largest number of flights over Iraq because the country lies on the border of the main flight path between Europe and Asia.

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