Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon reopen airspace closed over Iran attack on Israel

Apr14,2024



Baghdad: Iraq reopened it airfield Neighboring Iran launched an unprecedented drone, hours after suspending all air traffic on Sunday missile Iraqi aviation authority announces attack on Israel.
Jordanwhich is a neighbor of Iraq as well as Israel, and lebanon They reopened their respective airspaces on Sunday, having previously closed them, as Israel said the Iranian attack had been “faulted” and most launches were halted overnight.
The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority in a statement announced the “reopening of airspace” and the resumption of flights from airports across the country, saying there was now “no safety risk to civil aircraft”.
Kurdish media in northern Iraq reported that Iranian drones had flown over the autonomous Kurdish region overnight.
In Jordan, Haitham Misto, head of the Civil Aviation Commission, told the official Al Mamlaka channel: “Jordanian airspace has been reopened and the situation has returned to normal.”
Samir Majali, CEO of flag carrier Royal Jordanian, said on Sunday that the airline's flights “have resumed”, although some delays could be expected.
“We resumed flights at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT), and we are monitoring the situation,” Lebanon's Transport Minister Ali Hami told AFP.
The international airport in Beirut “has resumed its operations,” he said.
Israel, which closed its airspace at 12:30 a.m. (2130 GMT Saturday) in anticipation of an Iranian attack, had reopened it by 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT), the Israeli Airports Authority said. .
However, Austrian Airlines told AFP on Sunday that it had “suspended all flights to Tel Aviv in Israel, Arbil in Iraq and Amman in Jordan with immediate effect” due to “recent developments in the Middle East”.
“There will be no flights to or from Tel Aviv, Erbil and Amman until Monday,” spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits said, adding that “the safety of personnel and passengers” was the company's top priority.
The airline also said the previously announced suspension of flights to Tehran in Iran would remain in effect until Thursday.
It said long-haul flights passing through the Middle East would also be diverted.
Several international airlines have suspended or redirected flights in recent days to avoid Iranian airspace.



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