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United Airlines rerouting some flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace

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By Reuters
United Airlines rerouting some flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace
United Airlines rerouting some flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021

WASHINGTON – United Airlines said late Sunday it is rerouting some flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace after insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul as U.S.-led forces departed and Western nations scrambled on Monday to evacuate their citizens.

“Due to the dynamic nature of the situation we have begun routing affected flights around Afghanistan airspace,” a United spokeswoman said in a statement.

The changes impacts several of United’s U.S. to India flights. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in July imposed new flight restrictions over Afghanistan for U.S. airlines and other U.S. operators.