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Delta Decides That Flying Over Warzones is Definitely Not Happening

July 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

When Delta yesterday announced their decision to stop flights to Tel Aviv, Israel "until further notice," they stood alone.

Within the next two hours, that move was echoed by United and US Airways, and eventually the Federal Aviation Administration themselves, who set forth a 24-hour ban on US airline flights to Israel, a ban which was extended today for a further 24 hours.

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta, stood in front of the CNBC cameras this morning to explain their early and precedent-setting action, which goes beyond the single incident of the rocket attack nearby Ben Gurion International Airport to address danger due to "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza."

While other international airlines free from the FAA ban have also taken action to temporarily cancel their own Israel flights (including Delta's SkyTeam partners Korean Air, Air France, and KLM), Delta continues to stand in front of the pack; Anderson was very clear about the airline's position on their aircrafts' in-flight positioning:

We will not allow a flight to be dispatched over Iran, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan or North Korea. We make this decision wholly independent of any geopolitical or regulatory mandate.

Luckily for Delta, this stance does not mean much alteration to their usual routes. The fact that they fly from the US means their destination typically do not require transiting the air space of the active war zones in the Middle East or Asia. Rest assured in the knowledge that those which do, however, will be rerouted through safer skies.

[Screenshot of FlightRadar24.com]

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