By Patrick M Schmidt.
Willie Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of British Airways (BA), defended the company’s decision to continue allowing their flights to across through Iraqi airspace. BA flights to Dubai and Doha regularly operate over Iraq for a portion of the flight.
"We fly over Iraq because we consider it safe. If we thought Iraq was unsafe we would not fly over Iraq."
The statement follows others made by major airlines worldwide and their intentions to change flight plans to avoid Iraqi airspace due to security concerns regarding militant operated surface-to-air missiles.