Airlines Split Over Iraqi Airspace

Qantas has joined Air France, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic in confirming it has directed pilots to avoid Iraqi airspace over concerns that militants have access to weapons that can down aircraft.

Qantas has joined Air France, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic in confirming it has directed pilots to avoid Iraqi airspace over concerns that militants have access to weapons that can down aircraft.

However, airlines such as British Airways and Etihad have confirmed that they will continue to fly over the state because it was safe.

Lufthansa, meanwhile, has today (August 4) resumed its twice-weekly flights to Erbil in northern Iraq, but has confirmed it will continue to detour its flights around regions controlled by the militant group Isis.

Last week the FAA changed its orders to airlines flying in the region instructing them to fly above 30,000ft, previously the order had been to fly above 20,000ft.

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