European and Dubai airlines divert flights over Iraq after MH17 disaster
Published 30/07/2014 | 17:14
European and Dubai-based airlines are diverting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution.
An Emirates Airline spokesperson in Dubai said it will divert planes that use Iraqi airspace. A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France say they will do the same.
This follows the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over rebel-held Ukraine.
Iraq is facing a security crisis after militants with the extremist Islamic State group captured large swathes of northern and western Iraq, including its second-largest city, Mosul.
The head of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, however, maintains Iraqi airspace is safe. Nassir Bandar says: "There is no threat to airplanes passing over the Iraqi skies."