International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requested that Iran open its airspace to allow flights from northern Europe to East Asia to pass through. The Deputy CEO for Aeronautical Operations at Iran Airports Company, (IAC) Ebrahim Shoushtari, announced on Tuesday that Iran has granted this request. The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) gave the order for their national airlines to avoid the airspace over eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines has wasted no time in altering the flight path of its flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur. On July 17, Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard. In recent months, eastern Ukraine has been the location of intense fighting between pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian military. There is speculation that the plane was shot down.
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