Subscribe Free
in Route Planning & Tourism

Emirates to avoid Iraqi airspace

Posted 28 July 2014 · Add Comment

Emirates Airlines has announced it will avoid Iraqi airspace as violence rises in the country.

Emirates released a statement saying: “Emirates is taking precautionary measures and is currently working on alternative routing plans for flights using Iraqi airspace. We are closely monitoring the situation along with international agencies."

Analyst Saj Ahmad commented: “Emirates is taking the initiative here to safeguard its jets and passengers away from conflict zones and active theatres that would potentially harm in the same way that sadly befell an innocent MH17 flight between Amsterdam and Kula Lumpur. 

“Given the swathe of flights that Emirates operates through Europe and beyond, it is not a surprise that they have added Iraq into this mix because the dire instability in the north of the country and the border with Syria is pretty much a "no man's land" with religious fanatics who do not discern between people as innocent or otherwise and while Emirates will likely incur some additional fuel costs for extra journeys, the price of doing so is a small one given the safety and security it affords customers.” 

Ahmad added: “That said, it looks inevitable that both IATA and ICAO will have to coalesce their resources so they can actively advise global airlines on what hotspots to avoid flying over.”

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Maltese ready to cross a new bridge

Libyan-owned Medavia has a varied business model encompassing charter operations, wet-leasing, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services at its Malta hub. Now chief executive, Rammah Ettir, is looking to add scheduled

CTT Systems partners with Airbus Corporate Jets to optimise humidification system for ACJ320

CTT SYSTEMS, a provider of aircraft humidity control systems, has signed an MoU with Airbus Corporate Jets to optimise a humidification system for the ACJ320 Family to further improve efficiency and performance.

RJ distributes food aid by hosting needy individuals for iftar

As part of its Ramadan campaign this year, Royal Jordanian (RJ), in partnership with Tkiyet Um Ali charity organisation, distributed food parcels to tens of families living in Madaba, who live under the poverty line.

Ideagen secures software project with Joramco

Ideagen, a UK-based software firm, is to supply its software to Jordanian aircraft maintenance company Joramco.

2019 is a good year for business aviation

All of the signs indicate a good year for business aviation in 2019, in particular in North Africa, according to Ali Alnaqbi, founding & executive chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).

Istanbul Airport receives 'Special Achievement Award'

Istanbul Airport (IGA) has won the ‘Special Achievement Award’ under the 'Outstanding Innovation' at a ceremony organised by Global Traveler magazine.

Luxivair SK2404240719
See us at
DIAC19_BT264161119ACCA19_BT_2404091019