US airlines banned from flying over Iraq, Iran after missile attack

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday restricted US commercial flights from operating in the airspace of Iraq and Iran following the missile strikes by Iran on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq.

The FAA has banned US commercial airlines from flying over Iraq, Iran and the surrounding area. (Photo: businessinsider.com)

Other major international airlines also cancelled or redirected flights in the region as tension between the United States and Iran continues to build after last week’s US airstrike which killed Iraqi military leader Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad.

The FAA’s Notices to Airmen also restricted flights over nearby seas, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The regulatory body said it “will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East. We continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with US air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.”

Iraqi military leader Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad last week (Photo: Al-Jazeera)

Airlines which have made similar changes to their schedules after the military strike include Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France and Singapore Airlines.

No casualties have been declared following the airstrike on the Iraqi base.

More than 170 passengers were killed when a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed near Tehran yesterday. (Photo: CNN.com)

Meanwhile, a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed near the Iran capital, Tehran late Tuesday (January 7). All 176 passengers aboard the Boeing 737 aircraft were killed, including 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukranians.