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Israel-Iran (2): security alert as in 2001

It was the biggest disruption to air travel since Twin Towers attack

Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan have reopened their airspace in recent hours. They were closed last Saturday, April 13, 2024 in the night after the raids conducted by Iran's armed forces with missiles and armed drones against Tel Aviv. According to some aviation experts, it was the greatest disruption to global air transport ever recorded since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

"Since then we have never had a situation with so many airspaces of numerous states closed in rapid succession, and this creates chaos", explained Mark Zee, founder of Ops Group, an international analysis center formed by pilots and technicians of flight that monitors airspace and the operation of airports around the world.

The repercussions on air transport in the Middle East could last a couple of more days. The airspaces of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan are in fact a fundamental crossroads for airlines flying between Europe and Asia. At least a dozen airlines that have cancelled or redirected (passing over the skies of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) their flights in the last two days will have to deal with delays, waiting to restore full operational capacity. 

On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency