Qantas, Lufthansa and Royal Jordanian are the latest in a wave of airlines to divert their flights around Iraq amid fears the jihadist Islamic State could perpetrate another MH17By Laurence Dodds
A growing number of airlines are diverting their planes away from Iraq amid concerns about the danger posed by Islamic militants.
Qantas, Lufthansa and Royal Jordanian were the latest to find alternative routes in light of warnings from both US and European regulators.
They joined Virgin Atlantic, Air France and Emirates in quitting the conflict zone, amid warnings of the possibility of a disaster similar to the shooting down of MH17 in east Ukraine last month.
The state-owned Tasnim news agency in Iran claimed “several global airlines” had asked to re-route their Iraqi flights through Iranian airspace instead.
However, British Airways and Etihad Airways are among those continuing to fly passenger jets over Iraq, which sits below the main flight path between Europe and Asia.