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Airlines avoid Iranian airspace, cancel flights as Middle East tensions spike

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January 8, 2020

Several airlines on Wednesday said they would be avoiding Iranian airspace or canceling flights in the wake of heightened tensions in the Middle East.

Singapore Airlines, Qantas, China Airlines, Lufthansa and Malaysia Airlines were among those which said they’re avoiding the Iranian airspace.

Meanwhile, Dubai-based Emirates and its sister airline flydubai canceled Wednesday flights to Baghdad.

“We are carefully monitoring the developments and are in close contact with the relevant government authorities with regards to our flight operations, and will make further operational changes if required,” Emirates said in a statement to Reuters.

The announcements came after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against multiple bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

Tehran’s attack follows the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, last Friday. Tensions in the Middle East rose following his death, with Iran vowing revenge.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:38 am

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