World air companies change routes to avoid Afghan air space

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such measures were announced after the Taliban took control over the presidential palace in Kabul
13:08, 16 August 2021

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A number of world air companies have stated the change of the routes to avoid the air space of Afghanistan. Such measures were announced after the Taliban took control over the presidential palace in Kabul as Reuters reported.

United Airlines (UAL.O), British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic made a relevant decision.

“Airlines and governments have paid more attention to the risks of flying over conflict zones in recent years after two deadly incidents involving surface-to-air missiles,” the message says.

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It is noted that FlightRadar24 reported on Twitter that the Air India flight from Chicago to Deli has changed the route and left the air space of Afghanistan soon after entering it. Terra Avia flight from Baku to Deli also has changed the route.

Moreover, such countries as Canada, the UK, Germany, and France have consulted the air companies at a height not less than 7.2 km over Afghanistan.

The Korean airlines stated that some cargo flights use the air space of Afghanistan.

Related: Ukrainian plane evacuates citizens of Netherlands, Croatia, Belarus, Afghanistan from Kabul

The Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos is observed.

On Sunday, Taliban militants stated to take control over the whole territory of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country a few hours after the radical Taliban entered Kabul.

As we reported, militants of the radical Taliban entered the presidential palace and took it under their control.

Related: At least five killed at Kabul airport

Taliban militants held an offensive amid the withdrawal of the American forces from Afghanistan.

In May 2021, the final phase of ending America's "forever war" in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began on May 1, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer.

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