Air France and Russia suspend flights over Iraq and Iran airspace

The suspension of flights over Iraq and Iran’s airspace has been announced by France’s airline Air France and Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency known as Rosaviation.

This was disclosed in a statement released by Air France on Wednesday, January 8.

The French airline stated that the suspension became necessary to ensure flight safety.

However, the Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency known as Rosaviation has also recommended the suspension of the Russia’s airlines flights over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

While reacting on the suspension, the agency said; “In connection with information about safety risks to international civil air traffic, Rosaviation recommends not to use the airspace over the territories of Iran, Iraq, the Persian and Gulf of Oman for flights of civil aircraft of the Russian Federation, including transit flights, until further notice.”

It was learnt that these airlines suspended flights over Iraq and Iran airspace as a result of mild speculation that Ukrainian International Airlines plane which crashed in the early hours of today, being shot down.

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