UK airlines now banned from Iran and Iraq airspace with Brits facing longer flights – The Sun

UK airlines have now been banned from flying over Iran and Iraq airspace.

The ban means that airlines will be forced to detour via other routes, with many expected to face longer journeys.

The announcement follows a similar ban by US FAA earlier in the week.

The ban on UK airlines flying over Iran and Iraq airspace was issued by the Department for Transport today (January 10) as part of a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).

Two separate NOTAMS were issued.

One said: "Airspace security warning issued by the Department for Transport in response to the hazardous situation in Iraq. Potential risk from heightened military activity and dedicated anti-aviation weaponry in Iraq. Operators are advised not to enter the territory and airspace of Iraq (included the Baghdad FIR)."

While the second one said: "Airspace security warning issued by the Department for Transport in response to the hazardous situation in Iran. Potential risk from heightened military activity and dedicated anti-aviation weaponry in Iran. Operators are advised not to enter the territory and airspace of Iraq (included the Baghdad FIR).

For passengers travelling on certain routes in the UK, especially to Asia, delays will be expected.

Here's what you need to know:

UK airlines affected

All UK carriers will now be banned from flying over Iraq and Iran, with airlines forced to re-route.

British Airways

However, alternate routes could result in airlines flying through Dubai to avoid the banned airspace.

This could result in longer flights, not just because of the new route but due to the increased number of aircraft also flying through the area.

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