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Airlines reroute flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace

Airlines reroute flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace
Airlines reroute flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace

Reuters reports that major airlines, including United Airlines (UAL.O), British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic, are rerouting 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.

Flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 showed few commercial flights over Afghanistan at 0300 GMT on Monday but many planes overflying neighbouring Pakistan and Iran.

The Taliban swept into Afghanistan’s capital on Aug 15 after the government collapsed and the embattled president joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signaling the end of a costly two-decade U.S. campaign to remake the country.

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