Airlines Scramble to Reroute Flights Away from Afghan Airspace

By Anna Breuer on 17 August 2021
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A Lufthansa aircraft in Philadelphia

Major airlines across the globe scrambled Tuesday to reroute flights in order to avoid Afghan airspace as the country fell to the Taliban.

The Taliban’s victory is disrupting flights to India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

The changes came as chaotic scenes were unfolding at Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, the country’s capital.

On Monday, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and Flydubai all announced changes to flights to or over Afghanistan.

The disruptions in Kabul affected United’s flights to India.

“Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we have begun routing affected flights around Afghanistan airspace,” United Airlines said in a statement Monday morning local time. The airline said it would work with civil aviation authorities “determine how we continue service to markets impacted.”

Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic Airways said that it had operated its last flight to Kabul on Sunday.

Numerous European airlines including Air France, KLM, and Lufthansa have adjusted their flights to avoid Afghan airspace as have Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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