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Lufthansa says it has stopped flying over parts of Iran

FILE PHOTO: Lufthansa presents its new logo during a press event in a maintenance hangar of the airline at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, Germany February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, on Friday said its planes had stopped flying over parts of Iran, joining peers after regulators in the United States barred their carriers from entering some of the country’s airspace.

A spokesman for Lufthansa said the company’s planes had been avoiding the Strait of Hormuz since June 20. He added that Lufthansa had extended the no-fly zone over Iran on Friday, without being more specific.

The airline is still serving flights to Iran’s capital Tehran, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Kathrin Jones and Christoph Steitz; Editing by Michelle Martin