Jan 15, 2020 14:08 UTC
  • Qatar Airways insists Iran airspace safe, flights to continue

Qatar Airways says it has had no problem using the Iranian airspace amid heightened military tensions between Iran and United States in recent days, insisting that the airspace, currently avoided by a few number of flights, is completely safe.

The Doha-based carrier said on Wednesday that it has not lost any bookings during a recent military standoff between Iran and the US which even led to the downing of a Ukrainian airliner last week near the Iranian capital Tehran.

Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said that flights by the company to Iran will continue despite moves to the contrary by several other airlines.

Qatar Airways has rerouted many of its flights through the Iranian airspace since it was banned from flying over several Arab countries in the Persian Gulf in June 2017 when a political standoff erupted between Qatar and a grouping of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia.