Malaysia Airlines have preferred Iran’s safe airspace to that of the Egypt’s in order to reach Europe.
Malaysia Airlines is flying between Kuala Lumpur and Europe over Iran rather than a more roundabout route over Egypt for the first time since October, just a day after it said it was unable to carry checked baggage because of strong headwinds on the Egypt route, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘We have been operating over the last few months via Egypt. That was in response to the threat of the Russian missile activity over the Caspian Sea,’ Malaysia Airlines chief operations officer Peter Bellew told The Australian Financial Review on Wednesday.
‘The information we had a week ago was the risk assessment showed we were better off taking the route via Egypt. The risk assessment now shows flying over Iran is fine. It is a fluid situation.’