Kuwaiti airliner reroutes flights to pass through Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kuwait Airways Company said it will no longer overfly Iraq in the wake of the US airstrikes on militants in the crisis-hit country, saying that it prefers Iran’s airspace for its regular flights to the US and Europe.

“Alternative routes will pass over Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt,” a statement said Sunday, AFP reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration in Washington banned all US civilian flights over Iraq just hours after American warplanes Friday carried out the first air strikes on positions held by terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have occupied swathes of Northern Iraq.

A slew of airlines have also said they will no longer overfly Iraq, including British Airways, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Air France, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.

By Fars News Agency

 

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