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Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Iran as European Airlines Steer Clear of Middle East Hotspots

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Iran as European Airlines Steer Clear of Middle East Hotspots

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Qatar Airways said on Monday that it had resumed flights to Iran following the closure of its airspace after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out a military strike on Israel using one-way suicide drones alongside ballistic and cruise missiles.

In a statement posted to its official X account, Qatar Airways said it would resume its full weekly schedule of 20 flights to Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan.

In the run-up to Iran’s first-ever direct military attack on Israel on Saturday, large swathes of airspace was closed down across the Middle East, including in Jordan and Iraq, as well as Israel and Iran.

Qatar Airways has already resumed flights to Amman, Beirut and Baghdad on Sunday and is utilising Iranian airspace for overflights to and from Doha.

The Lufthansa Group won’t, however, be joining Qatar Airways in resuming flights to Iran until at least Thursday at the earliest, citing security concerns throughout the region.

In anticipation of a potential counterstrike by the Israeli military, many European airlines are steering clear of the region… at least for the next few days.

Lufthansa has also cancelled flights to Tel Aviv and Amman up to and including Monday, while Dutch flag carrier KLM said it had cancelled its Tel Aviv service until Tuesday.

EasyJet has also suspended flights to Tel Aviv until further notice, while the likes of British Airways has already recommenced services to both Amman and Tel Aviv.

On Sunday, a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Los Angeles was forced to divert to New York JFK to refuel because the flight was forced to avoid Iranian airspace.

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