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Major airlines avoiding Afghanistan's airspace as Taliban gains control
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Major airlines are avoiding Afghanistan's airspace in the wake of the Taliban gaining control of the country two weeks before the U.S. was set to complete its troops withdrawal.
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The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority announced that "all flights from Hamid Karzai International Airfield are temporarily stopped," according to the English translation of an announcement posted on the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority's Facebook page.
The aviation authority also said the country's airspace had been "released to the military" and is advising that airlines avoid the area, according to Reuters.
United Airlines told FOX Business that its flights to India, including its daily direct flights from Newark, New Jersey, to New Delhi and Mumbai as well as its weekly service from Chicago to New Delhi have been impacted.