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Airlines Begin To Avoid Afghan Airspace Amid Travel Chaos

People crowd the tarmac of Kabul's airport on August 16, hoping to flee the country as the Taliban take in control of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has advised commercial air traffic to reroute and avoid transiting the country's airspace after the military was given sole access to departures and arrivals as countries scramble to evacuate their citizens from Kabul.

The ACAA said on August 16 that any transit through Kabul airspace, which covers all of Afghanistan, would be "uncontrolled."

On August 15 Taliban militants seized the capital, surprising Western countries, which are now scrambling to evacuate their citizens from an increasingly chaotic Kabul airport.

The German airline Lufthansa said soon after the ACAA announcement that it was rerouting all overflights "until further notice."

The flight tracking website FlightRadar24 noted on its Twitter feed that an Air India flight from Chicago to Delhi had changed course and exited Afghanistan's airspace shortly after entering, while a Terra Avia flight from Baku to Delhi was also changing course.

With reporting by Reuters and AP
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