Closure of Sudanese airspace after military coup forces airlines to avoid the country


Sudan’s defence minister confirms the military has taken control of the country after removing President Omar al-Bashir from power. One of the first decisions of the new military rulers was to close Sudan’s airspace for 24 hours. As a consequence, several aircraft en-route were forced to avoid Sudan’s airspace. 

First, a Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 (OO-SFY) operating flight SN465 between Brussels and Kigali, Rwanda, returned home. Shortly after, a Lufthansa Airbus A330 (D-AIKM) on her way to Nairobi as LH590 did the same.

Other flights needed to be re-routed to avoid the Sudanese airspace:

  • British Airways Boeing 747 between London Heathrow and Nairobi
  • KLM Airbus A330 between Amsterdam and Kigali
  • Emirates Airlines flight EK733 between Dubai and Khartoum, Sudan returned to Dubai.

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