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Airlines Re-Route or Cancel Flights Around Iran, Iraq

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Major airlines canceled Iran and Iraq flights on Wednesday and re-routed others away from Iran and Iraq. In the U.S., the FAA banned American carriers from airspace over Iran, the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Singapore Airlines, Qantas, China Airlines, Lufthansa and Malaysia Airlines were among other airlines that are avoiding the Iranian airspace, following an Iranian missile strike on United States-led forces in Iraq.

Dubai-based Emirates and its sister airline flydubai, Lufthansa canceled Wednesday flights to Baghdad.

The flight ban came shortly before a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard. Although the first reports stated an engine failure, the airline company announced cancelling all of its flights to the country.

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