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Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights

August 10, 2014
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BAGHDAD - Two Gulf-based airlines said Saturday they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Bahrain's Gulf Air announced their decisions after a similar move by Dubai-based Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier. On Friday the Obama administration ordered U.S. airlines not to fly over Iraq following U.S. airstrikes launched against the Islamic State extremist group, which has seized much of northern and western Iraq. Etihad said the decision was taken to avoid "conflict airspace," while Gulf Air said it would re-route flights to Europe using "alternate, more secure flight paths" to avoid northern Iraq.

 
 
 

 

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