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Lufthansa Group resumes flights to and from Erbil in northern Iraq / The Iraqi airspace above the section controlled by Isis to be avoided by transit traffic till further notice

August 7, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

After renewed consultation with the relevant national security authorities, the Lufthansa Group has decided to resume flights to Erbil in northern Iraq from tomorrow.

Erbil lies well outside the direct crisis zone in Iraq, and flights to and from the city will be routed to avoid overflying the zone.

Lufthansa flies twice-weekly to Erbil, a further daily flight is operated by Austrian Airlines. For the time being, however, transit traffic to Asia and the Middle East, for example, will continue to detour Iraqi airspace.

The Lufthansa Group is in close and regular contact with the relevant national security authorities, also in Iraq.  Based on our own assessment, there is currently no danger in overflying Iraq. Nevertheless, the Lufthansa Group has decided to avoid the Iraqi airspace above the section controlled by Isis for the time being.

In taking this step, the Lufthansa Group is taking into account the growing apprehension of customers and our own flight crews. The safety and wellbeing of passengers is naturally our paramount priority.

The changes in flight routes apply to all airlines in the Lufthansa Group.  Aside from Lufthansa, those airlines include Lufthansa Cargo, Austrian Airlines and Swiss. The new flight routes will not significantly lengthen flight times.

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