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Factbox: Global airlines rush to avoid Iraqi, Iranian airspace after missile strike

LONDON (Reuters) - Major airlines have rerouted or cancelled flights on Wednesday to avoid airspace over Iraq and Iran following an Iranian missile strike on United States-led forces in Iraq.

Here is a rundown of measures taken by carriers so far:


Turkish Airlines cancelled flights to Iraq and Iran for 24 hours, according to a company source, and media outlets said it could extend the suspension beyond 1800 GMT on Thursday.

Turkey’s Pegasus suspended flights to Iraq and Iran temporarily, a company source said.

Germany’s Lufthansa cancelled its daily flight between Frankfurt and Tehran.

Dubai-based Emirates Airline cancelled a return flight to Baghdad.

United Arab Emirates airline flydubai cancelled a flight to Baghdad.


France’s airline KLM Air France suspended flights over Iraqi and Iranian airspace.

Norwegian Air Shuttle said it was looking at alternative routes for its Dubai flights departing from Scandinavia later on Wednesday.

Vietnam Airlines has rerouted flights

Taiwan’s largest carrier China Airlines will not fly over either country.

Malaysia Airlines does not fly over Iraqi airspace and said it would avoid Iranian airspace.

Singapore Airlines Ltd said flights would be diverted from Iranian airspace.

Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd adjusted routes to avoid both countries’ airspace, adding up to 50 minutes to Perth-London flights and requiring it to reduce passenger numbers to carry the necessary fuel.

Russia’s aviation authority told its air carriers to avoid flights in the airspace of Iraq, Iran, the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Transport Canada said Air Canada was altering its routes.

Compiled by Josephine Mason and Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Gareth Jones and David Evans