Emirates airlines will avoid overflying Iraq for fear of missiles, after the shooting down of an aircraft from Malaysia Airlines over Ukraine.
Emirates president Tim Clark said: “We must do something. We must take the bull by the horns.” “This is the kind of thing that will prove to the public that we take the matter very seriously,” he says.
Emirates will begin within a week to ten days to bypass Iraqi airspace, which is on the most direct route between Dubai and Europe, reported the British Times newspaper.
This decision comes as a Boeing 777 with 298 people on board, on flight MH17 by Malaysia Airlines between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a missile on July 17 in eastern Ukraine, in an area controlled by rebels supported by Moscow.
“The horror that was generated was like a blow in the solar plexus for all of us,” said Tim Clark, a Briton with a long history in air travel market.